The Resource Benjamin Franklin, politician, Francis Jennings

Benjamin Franklin, politician, Francis Jennings

Label
Benjamin Franklin, politician
Title
Benjamin Franklin, politician
Statement of responsibility
Francis Jennings
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Benjamin Franklin was a man of genius and enormous ego, smart enough not to flaunt his superiority but to let others proclaim it. To understand him and his role in great events, one must realize the omnipresence of this ego, and the extent to which he mirrored the feelings of other colonial Pennsylvanians. With this in mind, Francis Jennings sets forth some new ideas about Franklin as the "first American." In so doing, he provides a new view of the beginnings of the
  • American Revolution in Franklin's struggle against Thomas Penn. By striving against Penn's feudal lordship (and therefore against King George) Franklin became master of the Pennsylvania assembly. It was in this role that he suggested a meeting of the Continental Congress which, as Jennings notes, flies in the face of historical opinion which suggests that Boston patriots had to drag Pennsylvanians into the revolution. Franklin's autobiography omits discussion of his
  • heroic struggle against Penn and, in so doing, robs history of his true role in the making of the new country. It is through an accurate accounting of what Franklin did, not what he said he did in his autobiography (which Jennings likens to a campaign speech), that we understand the author's use of the term "first American."
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1918-2000
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Jennings, Francis
Dewey number
  • 973.3092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
J45 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Politicians
  • Statesmen
  • Pennsylvania
  • Staatslieden
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Benjamin Franklin, politician, Francis Jennings
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-231) and index
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028728752
Label
Benjamin Franklin, politician, Francis Jennings
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-231) and index
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
Form of item
online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1028728752

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