Essay on Benjamin Franklin - Term Paper.
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin Gordon Wood Penguin Paperback 320 pages May 2005. Benjamin Franklin has been described as the “quintessential American,” a man whose wit, wisdom, and tenacity helped to encourage and solidify a nation during her birth pains.
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Franklin’s career can be said to have begun very early in his life, when he “left school at 10 years of age to help his father” (“Franklin, Benjamin,” 2007); not long afterward, he “was apprenticed to his half brother James, a printer and publisher of the New England Courant, to which young Ben secretly contributed.
Benjamin Franklin, Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of a Mistress (1745). June 25, 1745. My dear Friend, I know of no Medicine fit to diminish the violent natural Inclinations you mention; and if I did, I think I should not communicate it to you.
Beginning with Franklin’s childhood, Gordon Wood explains Franklin’s transformation to quintessential American in The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Ben Franklin Humble Origins. Ben Franklin was born in Boston in 1706, the 15th of 17 children. In those days, only the oldest son inherited the majority of the family wealth and property.
Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street, in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, and baptized at Old South Meeting House. He was one of seventeen children born to Josiah Franklin, and one of ten born by Josiah's second wife, Abiah Folger; the daughter of Peter Foulger and Mary Morrill.Among Benjamin's siblings were his older brother James and his younger sister Jane.
The three hundredth anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birthday, on January 17, 2006, will evoke much celebration, including books, articles, and exhibitions devoted to his life. Gordon S. Wood's book should be a part of such celebration, for it is a worthy effort, and it invites further study of Franklin and his time.