The 18th century was when Britain and its colonies grew closer because of the circulation in letters, newspapers, and books. Franklin’s work in providing a public forum through his newspaper, discussion groups, library system, and almanac established the foundations for evolution of this American character. The British Parliament let the Licensing Act lapse, and the result was a print revolution. All over Britain and Europe print was essential to transmission of new ideas. This information soon reached the Atlantic, and the colonies began printing their own newspapers. Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 and
During Franklin 's time, he had made many long lasting achievements. According to (Mothner) “Franklin was the first ever that did home delivery at this time.” Franklin was a founder of some libraries at his time because not everyone could afford books, so he made a library so everyone can read and write. He had made house insurance by the cause of many fires that spread very quickly and it was hard for people to make their homes again or fix it, so that 's why he made it and it motivated him to make more improved and preferred inventions. He also opens a hospital considering that he wanted to help many people that were ill to heal them due to if one person got sick, everyone in town would get sick.
“Man 's tongue is soft, and bone doth lack; yet a stroke therewith may break a man 's back.” From Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1740, these are several out of thousands of wise words spoken by America’s greatest Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. He was among the most famous people of his time period and was one of the greatest celebrated figures in the history of the United States. There are numerous ways in which he achieved these titles but they all amount to the one feature that was constant throughout his entire life, success. Through inventing, writing, conducting science experiments such as detecting the presence of electricity in lightning, and being one of the biggest renowned diplomats during the 18th century, his life would leave a
Modern American identity revolves around self improvement. Americans seek to improve themselves in all areas of life, be it socially, financially, or physically. Americans accomplish these goals through education and observing the successes of others. Benjamin Franklin, a man who is frequently admired by fellow Americans, embodies many of these qualities and, as such, has become an archetype of success and of what it means to be American. Benjamin Franklin is an archetypal American because of his values of self-improvement, community-mindedness, and frugality.
He was able to do things people only dreamed of. “In Philadelphia, he helped launch the city’s first police force, the first volunteer fire company, the first fire insurance firm, the first hospital, the first public library, and the academy that became the first institution of higher learning (the University of Pennsylvania).” (Powell p 2) Benjamin Franklin is credited with many of his inventions as well as his writings and contributions to society. Just about each of his inventions could be considered the most impactful developments in American history. Some of his most renowned inventions include bifocal spectacles, the Franklin stove, and the increased basis for understanding electricity. Most modern day technology might not be where they are today without the help of Benjamin
Benjamin Franklin 's early life was the foundation for the rest of his life, all of his later accomplishments were built on this time period. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. After 2 years of schooling, the young Mr. Franklin was expected to work at his father Josiah’s soap and candle making shop. Benjamin refused and when he was 12 years old, he took an apprenticeship under his older brother James and began learning the art of printing. When his older brother began to publish a newspaper, young Ben began, under the alias of Silence Dogood, to write pieces
Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, politician, and he invents a bunch of cool things. Benjamin Franklin did not attend school until the age of ten. It took his father two years to pay for his son’s education. Franklin’s family household was large and he is the youngest out of his seventeen siblings. Benjamin Franklin grew up with an unfortunate lifestyle; in the fall of 1723, he went travelled to Philadelphia the city of Pennsylvania with a lack of budget and without support from anyone not even his close family. When Franklin was twelve years old, he made a decision about being a printer. At this age, Franklin started working long hours daily at his dad’s candle
The importance of Ben Franklin has been told all throughout history, along with the famous $100 bill with his face on it. Drafting the Declaration of Independence, foudning universities and libraries, the post office, shaping policies in the U.S., publishing newspapers, making advances in science, and letting us use bifocals and using lighting for electricity. Even if this man never finished school, he did much reading and experiments that help us out today. The reason why I chose to write about Benjamin Franklin was because he was a very important Founding Father and it’s important for people to learn all about
A printer and writer known for his wit and wisdom,Franklin was a polymath who published Poor Richard’s Almanack,invented Bifocal glasses and organized the first succsessful American lending library.
Benjamin Franklin wrote his autobiography in during the 1700’s about his life starting with his early childhood and through the last couple of year he was alive. Franklin speaks about his life comparing his actions to the Hero’s Journey; Call to Adventure, Crossing the Threshold, as well as Challenges and Temptations. The Hero’s Journey; originally called a Monomyth, was introduced and written by Joseph Campbell in his book; The Hero With A Thousand Faces published in 1949. The Hero’s Journey is a series of events that a person experiences on his or her way to becoming a true hero. Benjamin Franklin; in his autobiography, speaks about the hero’s journey, referencing his life to the Call to Adventure, Crossing the
Quote from source 3: "Benjamin went to work for a man named Keimer, who was not a very good printer. Franklin quickly put his shop in order. His work attracted the attention of Pennsylvania 's governor, Sir William Keith, who offered to set up the 18-year-old Franklin in business.”
Franklin founded the American Philosophical society in 1743, Also, he created the Academy of Philadelphia. The academy offered Latin, English, and mathematics departments. Having established his fortune by 1750, he turned his attention to science and political matters. He also developed everyday items such as the bifocal glasses, the lightning rod, and Franklin Stove. The Franklin Stove was originally known as the Pennsylvania fireplace.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was one of the historical figures have an essential role in the establishment of the United States. and was known as one of the Founding Fathers. He was a versatile person with extensive knowledge in many fields such as the politician, a scientist, an author, printer, philosopher, inventor, social activist and a leading diplomat. Franklin's life was interested in his ministries, inventions, publications, and political and his social philosophies, and even known back then as one of the affluent businessmen in entire Pensylvania. However, how could he have reached such achievements was special in a way that he was not born wealthy.
Robert Middlekauff is an intriguing historian from UC Berkeley that shares a part of history with people via his writings and lectures. In the book Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies, Robert Middlekauff does a stunning job in introducing the hectic life Benjamin Franklin. Robert Middlekauff being an amazing researcher and historian, he leaves out no nuances about Benjamin Franklin, not even the emotions. Throughout the book, Robert Middlekauff sets the setting and location allowing the reader to form a detailed image while reading the book. Robert Middlekauff explains that Benjamin Franklin was a well-spirited man with a darker side. Throughout this book, the darker side of Benjamin Franklin is unveiled through the friends and enemies he makes.
His accomplishments in the field of science truly changed the way people saw the world. Franklin’s kite experiment proved to us that lightning is in fact electricity. He invented the lightning rod soon after which protected homes and buildings from lightning (History.com). Ben wrote a book about his experiments on electricity, that became extremely popular and even formed the basis of modern day electricity theory (Compton’s, p. 382). Not only did Franklin leave a great legacy as a scientist, but he also changed the course of American