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Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin’s Most Important Articulation of the Constitutional Basis of the American Revolution
12/02/1786. Benjamin Franklin Thus the Americans were not really in rebellion against Britain, but in fighting for independence were merely seeking to establish what was by right theirsThe letter’s recipient, Jonathan Willams, was Franklin’s grandnephew, and the first Superintendent of West Point and first commander of the Army Corps of EngineersFranklin also describes and sends for publication a description of his newest and among his most famous inventions: a “long arm” for reaching books in tall libraries; he also sends scientific papers he was publishing with the American Philosophical SocietyPrior to the Revolution, Franklin was the preeminent American in both Britain and the colonies. He represented some of the colonies in London, and was well connected to the scientific and political communities there. His political activities and writings manifested a connection to the British empire, and he supported the military campaigns against the French during the 1740's and the French and Indian War a decade later. His famous Albany Plan of 1754 would have united the colonies but also made governance from London simpler and more efficient. All of this, plus his wealth and lucrative Crown appointments, would have seemed to make him destined to be a loyalist. But in the end Franklin repudiated the mother country, embraced the infant republic, and threw his entire fame and effort into gaining independence and bringing the nations of Europe (particularly France) to the aid of that goal. The basis for the change of heart by the best-known American at the time is not only … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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