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By David Waldstreicher

This better half offers a finished survey of the existence, paintings and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, so much designated, and multifaceted of the founders.

  • Includes contributions from throughout a number of educational disciplines
  • Combines conventional and state of the art scholarship, from finished and rising specialists within the box
  • Pays exact awareness to the yank Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and subject matters of race, category, and gender
  • Places Franklin within the context of contemporary paintings in political conception, American experiences, American literature, fabric tradition experiences, pop culture, and foreign relations

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As Franklin recognized,” Lemay wrote, “Checkley imitated the first issue of the Spectator (which began with a description of the supposed author) but transformed it with an American flavor” (2006a: 96). Clearly, James, his unorthodox associates, and a group of opinionated contributors made the New-England Courant “America’s first fiercely independent newspaper, a bold, antiestablishment journal that helped to create the nation’s tradition of an irreverent press” (Isaacson, 2003: 22). Trained in this environment, the aspiring young Franklin was as much a creature of as an active participant in that bold, antiestablishment, and irreverent culture.

Several months later, another issue of the Courant on January 14, 1722/23 again angered the government. ” (Lemay, 2006a: 185) To the authorities’ surprise, publication of the Courant continued. A member on the joint committee, Samuel Sewall, noted in his diary on January 21, “The Courant comes out very impudently,” perhaps referring to an indirect satire on the judge in that issue. Under local news, the Courant defiantly printed the General Court’s deliberations and the act forbidding the proprietor to print his Courant.

Yet she exceeded the usual “Knowledge and Learning which is necessary for our Sex” by her interest in “reading ingenious Books,” and therefore became a suitable mate for her master, the country minister. ” After seven years of marriage, blessed with two daughters and a son, she lost her husband. She now lived in the same small town and provided lodging for the new minister. ” “I am naturally very jealous for the Rights and Liberties of my Country,” said Silence Dogood, “and the least appearance of an Incroachment on those invaluable Priviledges, is apt to make my Blood boil exceedingly” (Lemay, 2006a: 146–148).

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