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Benjamin Franklin and the politics of improvement

Author: Alan Craig Houston
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Series: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
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This fascinating book explores Benjamin Franklin's social and political thought. Although Franklin is often considered "the first American," his intellectual world was cosmopolitan. An active participant in eighteenth-century Atlantic debates over the modern commercial republic, Franklin combined abstract analyses with practical proposals. Houston treats Franklin as shrewd, creative and engaged- a lively thinker who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Craig Houston
ISBN: 9780300124477 0300124473
OCLC Number: 213479993
Description: xi, 321 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS --
Map of Philadelphia, 1752 / Nicholas Scull and George Heap --
Map of British North America, 1750 --
Map of the British Atlantic World, 1763 --
Commerce --
Association --
Population --
Union --
Slavery.
Series Title: Lewis Walpole series in eighteenth-century culture and history.
Responsibility: Alan Houston.
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Explores Benjamin Franklin's social and political thought. This book examines such themes as trade and commerce, voluntary associations and civic militias, population growth and immigration policy,  Read more...

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"A dazzlingly written and deliciously detailed portrait of Franklin's unique place in the politics and culture of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world."--Stephen Holmes, New York University School Read more...

 
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