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The life of Benjamin Franklin

Author: J A Leo Lemay
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006-<2009>
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Overview: Described as "a harmonious human multitude," Ben Franklin's life and careers were so varied and successful that he remains, even today, the epitome of the self-made man. Born into a humble tradesman's family, this adaptable genius rose to become an architect of the world's first democracy, a leading light in Enlightenment science, and a major creator of what has come to be known as the American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Lemay, J. A. Leo (Joseph A. Leo), 1935-
Life of Benjamin Franklin.
Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006-<2009>
(OCoLC)607567974
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J A Leo Lemay
ISBN: 0812238540 9780812238549 0812238559 9780812238556 9780812241211 0812241215
OCLC Number: 57002693
Notes: Maps on endpapers.
Description: v. <1-3 > : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Volume 1: Journalist 1706-1730 --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Part 1: Boston: Youth, 1706-1723: --
Prologue: Quandary --
Boston --
Child to adolescent --
Printer's devil --
Massachusetts controversies, 1716-1723 --
Nathaniel Gardner and the couranteers --
James Franklin: America's first newspaperman --
Silence dogood in context --
Saucy and provoking: Franklin takes charge --
Assessing Franklin as a youth, to age seventeen --
Part 2: Adrift: Age Seventeen To Twenty-four, 1723-1730 --
Runaway --
Water American: London escapades --
At sea, 1726 --
Merchant to master printer, 1726-1728 --
Junto --
Business, 1728-1730, and "Articles of Religion" --
Busy-body --
Paper currency --
Journalist --
Assessing Franklin, age seventeen to twenty-four --
Appendix: New attributions --
Sources and documentation --
List of abbreviations --
Notes --
Index --
Acknowledgments --
Volume 2: Printer And Publisher 1730-1747: --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Part 1: New Life, Age 24 to 30 (1730-1736): --
Personal and business life --
Art of virtue --
Freemason --
Library company of Philadelphia --
Man of letters --
Politics, religion, and the rivalry with Bradford, 1732 --
Poor Richard's prefaces, 1733-1747 --
Poor Richard's proverbs --
Franklin and politics, 1730-1736 --
Hemphill controversy --
Assessing Franklin as a young man, age 24 to 30 --
Part 2: Expanding Personal Interest, Age 30 Through 41 (1736-1747): --
Personal life --
Assembly clerk and Pennsylvania politics --
Firefighter --
Earning a living: printer, publisher, merchant, bookseller, and postmaster --
Concerned citizen --
George Whitefield and the great awakening --
Natural philosophy --
Satires and other writing, 1736-1747 --
Assessing Franklin, age 30 through 41 --
Appendices: --
New attributions --
Franklin's organizations: date and locations of meetings 1727-1747 --
Sample wages and prices in Colonial Philadelphia --
Sources, documentation, dates --
Abbreviated references --
Notes --
Index --
Acknowledgments --
Volume 3: Soldier, Scientist, And Politician 1748-1757: --
List of illustrations --
Preface --
Association, 1747-1748 --
Electricity --
Astronomy, weather, and the northwest passage: natural philosopher, 1748-1757 --
Clerk, councilman, and magistrate, 1748-1751 --
Academy and college of Philadelphia --
Colonial Union, dumping felons in America, and assemblyman 1751 --
Fundamental document of the American Revolution, 1751 --
Pennsylvania hospital --
Franklin's first full assembly, the money Bill, and Susanna Wright, 1751-1752 --
Insurance: the Philadelphia contributionship --
Paper currency, the coming of war, and a trip to New England, 1752-1753 --
Carlisle Treaty, Postmaster General, a trip to New England, and Assembly Sessions, 1753-1754 --
Pennsylvania Germans --
Assembly sessions, the snake cartoon, and the Albany Conference, 1754 --
Boston, America and the empire, and Katy Ray, 1754-1755 --
Libels on the assembly, Quincy's Mission, and General Braddock, 1755 --
Assembly crises, Crown Point, Parables, and glimpses of Deborah, 1755 --
French and Indians attack and Pennsylvania responds, 1755 --
General Franklin on the frontier, 1755-1756 --
Rival militias, Colonel Franklin, Virginia, New York, and frontier fighting, 1756 --
Easton Treaty and Assembly Sessions, 1756-1757 --
Franklin in New York and at sea, 1757 --
Assessing Franklin, age 42 through 51 --
Appendices: --
New attributions --
Franklin's residences and real estate to 1757 --
Electrical terminology --
Influence of Benjamin Franklin's "observations concerning the increase of mankind" (1751) on Ezra Stiles, Richard Price, and Adam Smith; on Thomas Malthus; and on Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin --
Franklin's plan of union and the Albany Plan --
Franklin's saying: "essential liberty-temporary safety" --
Post office expansion, 1753-1757 --
Franklin's wealth, 1756 --
Americanization of Benjamin Franklin --
List of abbreviations --
Notes --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Benjamin Franklin
Responsibility: J.A. Leo Lemay.

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