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Author Jennings, Francis, 1918-2000, author.

Title Benjamin Franklin, politician / Francis Jennings.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [1996]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  973.3 F854Bje 1996    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition First edition.
Description 240 pages ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-231) and index.
Summary Benjamin Franklin was a man of genius and enormous ego, smart enough not to flaunt his superiority but to let others proclaim it. To understand him and his role in great events, one must realize the omnipresence of this ego, and the extent to which he mirrored the feelings of other colonial Pennsylvanians. With this in mind, Francis Jennings sets forth some new ideas about Franklin as the "first American." In so doing, he provides a new view of the beginnings of the American Revolution in Franklin's struggle against Thomas Penn. By striving against Penn's feudal lordship (and therefore against King George) Franklin became master of the Pennsylvania assembly. It was in this role that he suggested a meeting of the Continental Congress which, as Jennings notes, flies in the face of historical opinion which suggests that Boston patriots had to drag Pennsylvanians into the revolution. Franklin's autobiography omits discussion of his Heroic struggle against Penn and, in so doing, robs history of his true role in the making of the new country. It is through an accurate accounting of what Franklin did, not what he said he did in his autobiography (which Jennings likens to a campaign speech), that we understand the author's use of the term "first American."
Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 (OCoLC)fst00034115
Politicians -- Pennsylvania -- Biography.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- To 1775.
Politics and government (OCoLC)fst01919741
Politicians. (OCoLC)fst01069915
Statesmen. (OCoLC)fst01131990
Pennsylvania. (OCoLC)fst01204598
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term To 1775
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 0393039838

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