A Companion to Benjamin Franklin
Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History, Band 53 1. Aufl.
This companion provides a comprehensive survey of the life, work and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, most distinctive, and multifaceted of the founders. Includes contributions from across a range of academic disciplines Combines traditional and cutting-edge scholarship, from accomplished and emerging experts in the field Pays special attention to the American Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and themes of race, class, and gender Places Franklin in the context of recent work in political theory, American Studies, American literature, material culture studies, popular culture, and international relations
List of Figures x About the Contributors xi Introduction 1 David Waldstreicher Part I Biography 5 1 Franklin’s Boston Years, 1706–1723 7 Nian-Sheng Huang 2 The Philadelphia Years, 1723–1757 25 George W. Boudreau 3 The Making of a Patriot, 1757–1775 46 Sheila L. Skemp 4 Franklin Furioso, 1775–1790 65 Jonathan R. Dull Part II Franklin and Eighteenth-Century America 81 5 Benjamin Franklin and Colonial Society 83 Konstantin Dierks 6 Benjamin Franklin and Pennsylvania Politics 104 Alan Tully 7 Benjamin Franklin and Religion 129 John Fea 8 Benjamin Franklin and the Coming of the American Revolution 146 Benjamin L. Carp 9 Benjamin Franklin and Native Americans 164 Timothy J. Shannon 10 The Complexion of My Country: Benjamin Franklin and the Problem of Racial Diversity 183 Nicholas Guyatt 11 Benjamin Franklin, Capitalism, and Slavery 211 David Waldstreicher 12 Benjamin Franklin and Women 237 Susan E. Klepp Part III Franklin the Writer and Thinker 253 13 “The Manners and Situation of a Rising People”: Reading Franklin’s Autobiography 255 Ormond Seavey 14 Poor Richard’s Almanac 275 William Pencak 15 Benjamin Franklin and Journalism 290 David Paul Nord 16 Benjamin Franklin, the Science of Flow, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment 308 Laura Rigal 17 Benjamin Franklin, Associations, and Civil Society 335 Albrecht Koschnik 18 Empire and Nation 359 Eliga H. Gould 19 Franklin’s Pictorial Representations of British America 373 Lester C. Olson Part IV Franklin and the Categories of Inquiry 391 20 American Literature and American Studies 393 Edward Cahill 21 Benjamin Franklin’s Material Cultures 412 Megan E. Walsh 22 Benjamin Franklin and Political Theory 430 Jerry Weinberger 23 Benjamin Franklin and International Relations 463 Leonard J. Sadosky 24 Benjamin Franklin in Memory and Popular Culture 479 Andrew M. Schocket Bibliography 499 Index 536
“Readers will also appreciate the text’s comprehensive bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates, researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 April 2012)
David Waldstreicher is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of numerous publications including Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997).
Benjamin Franklin was the oldest and most distinctive of America’s founding fathers and he represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today – one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over privilege. Written by contributors from across a range of academic disciplines, A Companion to Benjamin Franklin brings together traditional and cutting-edge scholarship to explore the different ideas and approaches to a figure of singular importance in American political, cultural, intellectual, and literary history. Biographical chapters provide an introduction to the four main phases of Franklin’s life and the ways in which they have been interpreted, while others examine his diverse range of interests and the related concerns of biographers and scholars who have produced important work about the man and his times. The final section places Franklin in the context of recent work that has situated him within political theory and international relations, literary and cultural studies, and popular culture.
“A wonderful addition to the field of eighteenth-century studies, making available in a single volume the latest scholarship on this important figure.” – Kate Mearns Ohno, The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, Yale University “This wide-ranging collection of essays enhances our understanding of the endlessly fascinating runaway, printer, scientist, imperial servant, and revolutionary Benjamin Franklin, and illuminates his significance in American history and culture.” – Simon P. Newman, Sir Denis Brogan Professor of American History, University of Glasgow
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