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This fascinating book explores Benjamin Franklinand#8217;s social and political thought. Although Franklin is often considered and#147;the first American,and#8221; his intellectual world was cosmopolitan. An active participant in eighteenth-century Atlantic debates over the modern commercial republic, Franklin combined abstract analyses with practical proposals. Houston treats Franklin as shrewd, creative, and engagedand#151;a lively thinker who joined both learned controversies and political conflicts at home and abroad.

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Drawing on meticulous archival research, Houston examines such tantalizing themes as trade and commerce, voluntary associations and civic militias, population growth and immigration policy, political union and electoral institutions, freedom and slavery. In each case, he shows how Franklin urged the improvement of self and society.

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Engagingly written and richly illustrated, this book provides a compelling portrait of Franklin, a fresh perspective on American identity, and a vital account of what it means to be practical.

About the Author

Alan Houston is professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He lives in San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300124477
Author:
Houston, Alan Craig
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Houston, Alan
Subject:
Civics
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Civics & Citizenship
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Statesmen -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and Histo
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 b/w illus.
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 x 1 in 1.4 lb

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