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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


Technologies of Inoculation

Cristobal Silva

in Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199743476
eISBN:
9780199896868
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743476.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century, Cultural History

This chapter examines the interlinked histories of inoculation and print during the 1721 Boston inoculation controversy. Cotton Mather claimed that he learned about inoculation from his slave ... More


Silence Dogood 1722–1723

Paul M. Zall

in Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813123714
eISBN:
9780813134864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter examines the early career of Benjamin Franklin as a satirist during the period from 1722 to 1723. Franklin started writing ballads at the age of 13 and he later aspired to adopt the role ... More


Growing up Puritan

D. G. Hart

in Benjamin Franklin: Cultural Protestant

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
July 2021
ISBN:
9780198788997
eISBN:
9780191830990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198788997.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 1 chronicles the family background of Benjamin Franklin, whose English Protestant father, Josiah, emigrated from Northampton in England to Boston, Massachusetts, in 1683. The chapter ... More


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