Who Was Franklin?
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The paper discusses how Benjamin Franklin remains an enigmatic figure. He has been revered as a patriot and one of the country's beloved founding fathers. He has also been seen as a self-serving elitist. The paper looks at historian Gordon Woods' book "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin", where he attempts to answer the question of who indeed was the real Ben Franklin. The paper illustrates how Woods evaluates Franklin based on a historical perspective and shows how political developments affected Franklin's thinking. The paper asserts that Woods clearly shows that the "Americanization" of Benjamin Franklin is the "Americanization" of the new independent America as well.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Wood, Gordon S. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Penguin, 2004
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Who Was Franklin? (2007, May 10) Retrieved October 19, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/who-was-franklin-94864/
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