Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies

Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies

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In this engaging study of the much-loved statesman and polymath, Robert Middlekauff uncovers a little-known aspect of Benjamin Franklin's personalitya€”his passionate anger. He reveals a fully human Franklin who led a remarkable life but nonetheless had his share of hostile relationshipsa€”political adversaries like the Penns, John Adams, and Arthur Leea€”and great disappointmentsa€”the most significant being his son, William, who sided with the British. Utilizing an abundance of archival sources, Middlekauff weaves episodes in Franklin's emotional life into key moments in colonial and Revolutionary history. The result is a highly readable narrative that illuminates how historical passions can torment even the most rational and benevolent of men.rection, though his two pamphlets on the problems of defending a society pledged to pacifism invited action against the Quakers ... Fluid will kill Rats or Turkeys, must the Experiment be made general on all the Rats and Turkeys on the Face of the earth? 62 Franklin did not reply publicly to these attacks, but his friends did.

Title:Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies
Author: Robert Middlekauff
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 1996-03-04

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