This companion provides a comprehensive survey of the life, work and legacy of Benjamin Franklin - the oldest, most distinctive, and multifaceted of the founders. * Includes contributions from across a range of academic disciplines * Combines traditional and cutting-edge scholarship, from accomplished and emerging experts in the field * Pays special attention to the American Revolution, the Enlightenment, journalism, colonial American society, and themes of race, class, and gender * Places Franklin in the context of recent work in political theory, American Studies, American literature, material culture studies, popular culture, and international relations
David Waldstreicher is Professor of History at Temple University. He is the author of numerous publications including Slavery's Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution (2004); and In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997).
List of Figures x About the Contributors xi Introduction 1 David Waldstreicher Part I Biography 5 1 Franklin s Boston Years, 1706 1723 7 Nian-Sheng Huang 2 The Philadelphia Years, 1723 1757 25 George W. Boudreau 3 The Making of a Patriot, 1757 1775 46 Sheila L. Skemp 4 Franklin Furioso, 1775 1790 65 Jonathan R. Dull Part II Franklin and Eighteenth-Century America 81 5 Benjamin Franklin and Colonial Society 83 Konstantin Dierks 6 Benjamin Franklin and Pennsylvania Politics 104 Alan Tully 7 Benjamin Franklin and Religion 129 John Fea 8 Benjamin Franklin and the Coming of the American Revolution 146 Benjamin L. Carp 9 Benjamin Franklin and Native Americans 164 Timothy J. Shannon 10 The Complexion of My Country: Benjamin Franklin and the Problem of Racial Diversity 183 Nicholas Guyatt 11 Benjamin Franklin, Capitalism, and Slavery 211 David Waldstreicher 12 Benjamin Franklin and Women 237 Susan E. Klepp Part III Franklin the Writer and Thinker 253 13 The Manners and Situation of a Rising People : Reading Franklin s Autobiography 255 Ormond Seavey 14 Poor Richard s Almanac 275 William Pencak 15 Benjamin Franklin and Journalism 290 David Paul Nord 16 Benjamin Franklin, the Science of Flow, and the Legacy of the Enlightenment 308 Laura Rigal 17 Benjamin Franklin, Associations, and Civil Society 335 Albrecht Koschnik 18 Empire and Nation 359 Eliga H. Gould 19 Franklin s Pictorial Representations of British America 373 Lester C. Olson Part IV Franklin and the Categories of Inquiry 391 20 American Literature and American Studies 393 Edward Cahill 21 Benjamin Franklin s Material Cultures 412 Megan E. Walsh 22 Benjamin Franklin and Political Theory 430 Jerry Weinberger 23 Benjamin Franklin and International Relations 463 Leonard J. Sadosky 24 Benjamin Franklin in Memory and Popular Culture 479 Andrew M. Schocket Bibliography 499 Index 536