Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17 1706 to the parents Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. Benjamin Franklin was the tenth son born to his father who was on his second wife, which in total his father had seventeen children. Benjamin Franklin father wanted him to become a clergy but can afford only to send him for one year in order to become a clergy you needed years of schooling. But that didn’t stop him from becoming an apprentice at his brother printer company. At only 12 years old Benjamin Franklin helped him compose pamphlets that he would sell on the streets. At 15 Benjamin Franklin brother started “The New England Courant” the first newspaper in Boston. Even though there were two paper in the city before his paper included articles, opinion pieces written by his friends, advertisement’s and news of ship schedules. Benjamin Franklin was not allowed to write in his brother paper due to the fact that he was lowly apprentice. Benjamin Franklin began writing letters at night and signing them with the name of a fictional widow, Silence Dogood. Dogood was filled with advice and very critical of the world around her, particularly concerning the issue of how women were treated. If Benjamin Franklin was caught by his brother he would be punish. The letter got a lot of attention and people wanted to know who this mystery person was. After sixteen letters had been posted Benjamin Franklin confesses to writing the letter, his brother was upset and jealous with all attention Benjamin Franklin was getting from his friends. Benjamin Franklin and his brother found themselves in debate with Boston's powerful Puritan preachers, the Mather’s. Because smallpox was a deadly disease back in them days, and the Mather’s supported inoculation and the Franklins' believed inoculation only made people sicker. Most Bostonians people agreed with the Franklins, James made fun of the clergy, during the debate. James was thrown in jail for his views, and Benjamin Franklins was left to run
Question2. Discuss the work ethic of Benjamin Franklin in his Autobiography and the significance of his contribution to American democracy and capitalism. Why are Franklin’s “Choices” important in building the American ethic?
If ever a story embodied what has come to be known as the American dream, it is the life story of Benjamin Franklin. The work ethic of Franklin could be considered a passionate and energetic man who motivated himself by….
American Lit. I: Fri. 9-11:45pm
6 May 2011
Benjamin Franklin’s Influence in 18th Century America
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 6th, 1706. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, and was also well known for his writings and inventions. R. V. Jones states that Benjamin Franklin was “the oldest man to sign the Declaration of Independence” he also goes on to say that Franklin “had done more than anyone else to keep America within the British….
4 December 2012
Benjamin Franklin: Citizen and Scientist
“Come along, lads!” cries a young Benjamin Franklin to his group of schoolmates. Running and jumping, the boys make their way to the Charles River on a warm Boston day. Reaching the river, young Ben dives in straight away, while the other boys gingerly slip into the calm waters. Ben was always a very confident and strong swimmer, and strikes out with his arms at the blue water in a familiar stroke….
In the Americanization of Benjamin Franklin Gordon S. Wood
portrays the life of Benjamin Franklin. Through his various life
experiences Wood is able examine Benjamin Franklin and give a better
understanding of who this man actually was. Franklin was a man who
aspired to do something great, something that would change the world.
He came from Boston, a life of “poverty and obscurity in which he was
born and bred,” he left it behind for Pennsylvania where he was able to
create, “a state of affluence….
Brands, H.W. The Frist American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Broadway Doubleday, 2000.
Henry William Brands was born 7 August 1953 in Portland Oregon. Brands lived in Oregon until he went to college in California; there he attended Stanford University and studied History as well as Mathematics. After traveling the nation being a salesman, he taught History and Mathematics at both the high school and college levels for nine years. In the meantime, Brands earned his Graduate….
January 17, 1706
Boston, Massachusetts Bay
Benjamin was the first American physicist to characterized two kinds of electric charge which he named “positive” and “negative.”
He earned the title of "The First American" for his early and untiring campaigning for colonial unity
He signed the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary….
life of Benjamin Franklin was one consumed with ambition to improve himself in furtherance of achieving his goals and beyond. By undertaking the challenge of improving himself in several aspects of his life, Franklin was able to become a successful inventor, newspaper publisher, business person, and political leader between the 1750s and 1790. The Autobiography serves as a guide for his son and others to learn how to overcome hardships in life in order to reach success. Benjamin Franklin was able….
English Composition I
October 11, 2012
A Clear Look into the Life of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin has themes of enlightenment, hard work, nature, and intelligence. A person’s attention may not be drawn toward these ideas at first glance, but after reading “The Allegory of the Cave” by Plato and “The American Scholar” by Emerson, it is difficult to stray away from connecting the three works.
“The Allegory of the Cave” presents enlightenment….
Born in Boston
Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children born to the parents of Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger. His father wanted Benjamin to go to school to become a clergyman, but he only had enough to send him to school for one year. Clergymen needed years of school. Benjamin ended up being apprenticed to his brother James. James was a printer and Benjamin helped him. When Benjamin was fifteen his brother started the New England Courant. It was….
19 November 2011
Say the name Benjamin Franklin and you may picture a chubby man with spectacles holding a
kite during a lightening storm. Perhaps you picture him a older man with spectacles propped up on his nose standing in a great room full of distinguished gentlemen signing the Declaration of Independence. Both of these facts about Benjamin Franklin's life would be true. However, there was so much more to Mr. Franklin. He was a diplomat, a statesman….