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Franklin The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and Virtue

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ISBN-10: 0521542650

ISBN-13: 9780521542654

Edition: 2004

Authors: Benjamin Franklin, Alan Houston, Raymond Geuss, Quentin Skinner

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'Franklin' combines a new & complete edition of the autobiography, based on the original manuscript, with a selection of letters, essays & pamphlets that serve as a reminder of Benjamin Franklin's contribution to political thought.
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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chronology
Bibliographical note
Biographical guide
A note on the texts
The autobiography - Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
Plan of conduct (1726)
The nature and necessity of a paper currency (1729)
Apology for printers (1731)
Rules for a club formerly established at Philadelphia (1732)
Dialogue between two Presbyterians (1735)
Letter to Josiah and Abiah Franklin (1738)
Proposal for promoting useful knowledge (1743)
Speech of Miss Polly Baker (1747)
Plain truth (1747)
Form of the association and remarks (1747)
Advice to a young tradesman, written by an old one (1748)
Proposals relating to the education of youth in Pennsylvania
Observations concerning the increase of mankind (1751)
Letter to James Parker (1751)
Rattlesnakes for Felons (1751)
Letter to Peter Collinson (1753)
Letter to Peter Collinson (1753)
Join or die (1754)
Reasons and motives for the Albany Plan of Union (1754)
Letters to Governor Shirley (1754) with a preface of 1766
Preface to poor Richard improved (1757)
Letter to ________ (1757)
Letter to Lord Kames (1760)
On the price of corn, and the management of the poor (1766)
Letter to Lord Kames (1767)
Causes of the American discontents before 1768 (1768)
The Somersett case and the slave trade (1772)
Rules by which a Great Empire may be reduced to a small one (1773)
An edict by the King of Prussia (1773)
On a proposed act to prevent immigration (1773)
Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1775)
Morals of Chess (1779)
The Whistle (1779)
Letter to Joseph Priestley (1780)
Letter to Joseph Priestley (1782)
Letter to Richard Price (1782)
Letter to Robert Morris (1783)
Remarks concerning the savages of North America (1784)
Letter to Sarah Franklin Bache (1784)
Information to those who would remove to America (1784)
Letter to Benjamin Vaughan (1784)
At the Constitutional Convention (1787)
Queries and remarks (1789)
On the Slave Trade (1790)
Index