Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution Analytical Essay

Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution
This paper looks at Benjamin Franklin and his life, literature and the American Revolution.
# 147526 | 2,570 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on May 12, 2011 in History (Leaders) , Literature (American) , Political Science (General)

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In this article, the writer discusses Benjamin Franklin's autobiography as well as other sources to note the man he became. Further, the writer looks at what Benjamin Franklin did for the U.S. during the revolution.The writer maintains that born into a poor family, Franklin rose to the top of American politics and will forever be remembered for his life, literature, and his work toward America's independence.

From the Paper:

"Born a poor man's son, Benjamin Franklin worked his way from the constraints of poverty in colonial America to become the celebrated figure in American history his is today. "He was a genuine product of American soil". An accurate history of America could not be written without including Franklin and his contributions, both literary and otherwise, to the American cause. Franklin was a revolutionary man in his ideas and politics; however, his life and his Autobiography show that Franklin was a man who would rather not receive the credit that was unquestionably due to him. "No man was ever more willing to keep himself out of sight, if by that means the cause could be helped on. He sought only stable things; and reputation followed as a matter of course". Franklin was called many things, a printer, an inventor, a common man; however, he was nevertheless a man of greatness. "He was shrewd and sagacious; prudent, yet bold; frugal, yet generous; a student of philosophy, but a man of the world."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Franklin, Benjamin. The Autobiography. The Norton Anthology: American Literature. 7th Ed. Nina Baym, Wayne Franklin, Philip F. Gura, Arnold Krupat. New York, NY: W.W Norton & Company, Inc., 2007. 451-587. Print.
  • Hill, George C. Benjamin Franklin: A Biography. Whitefish: Kessinger, 2007. Print.
  • Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004. Print.
  • Thompson, Peter. Rum Punch & Revolution: Taverngoing & Public Life in Eighteenth Century Philadelphia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1999. Print.

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