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Benjamin Franklin

Edwin S. Gaustad

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305357
eISBN:
9780199850662
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The tenth and youngest son of a poor Boston soapmaker, Benjamin Franklin would rise to become, in Thomas Jefferson's words, “the greatest man and ornament of his age”. This book offers a portrait of ... More


 The Plague of Dissent: And the Rise of Toleration

Chris Beneke

in Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2006
ISBN:
9780195305555
eISBN:
9780199784899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195305558.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The story opens in the first three decades of the 18th century when dissenters were still treated as political subversives and unorthodox doctrines still compared to contagious diseases. This chapter ... More


Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813123714
eISBN:
9780813134864
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.001.0001
Subject:
History, Political History

Humor is sometimes a serious business, especially the humor of Benjamin Franklin, a master at revealing the human condition through comedy. For the country's bicentennial, Reader's Digest named ... More


Problems of Patrimony: Benjamin Franklin and Ann Sargent Gage

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Competing impulses toward biological and adoptive kinship appear in the writings of Benjamin Franklin and Ann Sargent Gage. The self-made Franklin chose to acknowledge his illegitimate son, William, ... More


The Political Bodies of Benjamin Franklin and Hendrick Aupaumut

Katy L. Chiles

in Transformable Race: Surprising Metamorphoses in the Literature of Early America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199313501
eISBN:
9780199350728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199313501.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 2 demonstrates how the narratives of Benjamin Franklin and Hendrick Aupaumut coupled natural-historical thinking with more explicitly political thinking related to the notion of transformable ... More


Good Rulers and Better Books

David F. Holland

in Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199753611
eISBN:
9780199895113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753611.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter begins with a discussion of Quakerism and its approach to canon. It then considers how the skeptical Enlightenment began to challenge the particularism of the Bible, meaning the idea ... More


“By the Book”: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Richard S. Lowry

in ‘Littery Man’: Mark Twain and Modern Authorship

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102123
eISBN:
9780199855087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102123.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Finally, education as one of the three major cultural transformations, along with capital and culture, as seen in the works of Mark Twain, is explicated in this fourth and final chapter. This chapter ... More


REDEMPTION AND THE AMERICAN SOUL

Dan P. McAdams

in The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195176933
eISBN:
9780199786787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176933.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter begins with a case study of a highly generative African-American schoolteacher and a content analysis of lead stories in People magazine in order to introduce the theme of redemption in ... More


The Improper Bostonian

Edwin S. Gaustad

in Benjamin Franklin

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305357
eISBN:
9780199850662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Benjamin Franklin, born in Boston in 1706, was the son of a soap maker, Josiah. Benjamin was the 10th and the youngest son in the family. After two years in grammar school, young Benjamin was brought ... More


Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Michael Brian Schiffer

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Most of us have heard that Benjamin Franklin conducted some kind of electrical experiment with a kite. What few of us realize is that he played a major role in laying the foundations of modern ... More


B. Franklin, Printer

Edwin S. Gaustad

in Benjamin Franklin

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305357
eISBN:
9780199850662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

By October 7, 1723, after a miserable journey, Benjamin was ready to confront the commercial bustle of Philadelphia. Samuel Keimer and Andrew Bradford gave him part-time work in order to get by. ... More


The Electrical World of Benjamin Franklin

Stanley Finger and Marco Piccolino

in The Shocking History of Electric Fishes: From Ancient Epochs to the Birth of Modern Neurophysiology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195366723
eISBN:
9780199897087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366723.003.0010
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

The previous chapter showed how theories involving rapid muscle contractions replaced ancient ideas about cold vapors and venoms, and vague notions of occult (hidden) forces, when accounting for the ... More


Material Activity

Stephen Gaukroger

in The Collapse of Mechanism and the Rise of Sensibility: Science and the Shaping of Modernity, 1680-1760

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199594931
eISBN:
9780191595745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594931.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, General

Eighteenth‐century matter theory—primarily the study of electricity, magnetism, pneumatics, chemistry, and physiology—appears as a network of different kinds of practice having no intrinsic ... More


. Property Protectors

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter reports that property protectors designed, installed, and used Benjamin Franklin's invention, the lightning conductor, to safeguard structures. It also addresses the unique and ... More


. Commerce

Alan Houston

in Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124477
eISBN:
9780300152395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124477.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter describes Benjamin Franklin's thought on commerce in America. Commerce concerned the circulation of raw materials and finished goods, rough ideas, and refined sentiments, and involved ... More


. Population

Alan Houston

in Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124477
eISBN:
9780300152395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124477.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter describes Benjamin Franklin's thought on population in America. Population has a bearing on many crucial features of modern life such as laws and customs governing reproduction, and the ... More


. Union

Alan Houston

in Benjamin Franklin and the Politics of Improvement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300124477
eISBN:
9780300152395
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300124477.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter describes Benjamin Franklin's thought on unions in America. Franklin had greater faith in voluntary association than Hume and might have suggested a different outcome to Hume's story ... More


The Increasingly Electrical World

C. U. M. Smith, Eugenio Frixione, Stanley Finger, and William Clower

in The Animal Spirit Doctrine and the Origins of Neurophysiology

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199766499
eISBN:
9780199950263
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766499.003.0013
Subject:
Neuroscience, History of Neuroscience

This chapter studies the early history of electricity and explains how it helped prepare the electric fish experiments that showed that some living organisms can generate and release electricity. ... More


The Life in Episodes

Matthew Garrett

in Episodic Poetics: Politics and Literary Form after the Constitution

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199346530
eISBN:
9780199346554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346530.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Chapter 2 attends to the period’s life memoirs, in which the great questions of the age are writ small, in the details of a life. Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography orients the chapter’s argument that ... More


. A Coming of Age

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter investigates the major technologies developed by electrophysicists from 1740 to about 1800. The public presentation of science—electricity in particular—furnished opportunities to ... More


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