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Author Gaustad, Edwin S. (Edwin Scott)
Title Benjamin Franklin : inventing America / Edwin S. Gaustad.
Pub Info Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2004.
book jacket
 West Barnstable (Whelden) Juv.  J B FRANKLIN     AVAILABLE
Descript 143 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Series Oxford portraits
Oxford portraits.
Note Accelerated Reader MG+ 9.9 6 6 87998
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Improper Bostonian: Hooped petticoats and the folly of fashion -- B. Franklin, printer: Franklin in training --for virtue -- Doctor Franklin: Solving the mystery of lightning and thunder -- Pennsylvania politics: Can the American colonies possibly unite? -- Road to separation: Franklin tries to sway public opinion in London -- War and peace: B. Franklin on J. Adams -- New nation and aged patriach: Franklin lobbies against slavery and the slave trade -- Chronology -- Further reading and websites -- Historic sites -- Index.
Summary Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia with little more than three loaves of bread under his arm. But this son of a soapmaker went on to lead perhaps the most extraordinary life of any American. With only two years of grammar school education, Franklin became, among other things, a printer, publisher, postmaster, philosopher, scientist, inventor, statesman, musician, and abolitionist. Franklin's achievements were many and varied. As a loyal and inspired patriot, Franklin helped draft the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming at its signing that "we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately." His Poor Richard's Almanac was a bestseller and the source of innumerable aphorisms, such as "Time is money" and "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," which still are frequently quoted nearly 300 years later. Franklin's curiosity about the world around him led to his experiments with lightning and his invention of the lightning rod. Never idle, he spent his voyages across the Atlantic mapping the Gulf Stream, ensuring sailors faster transatlantic crossings. He also introducing the idea of paved streets to relieve the dust and mud in Philadelphia and organized the country's first volunteer fire companies. Franklin dreamed up the efficient Franklin stove, bifocals, and daylight savings time--all still in use today. In this engaging biography, historian Edwin Gaustad chronicles the life story and many accomplishments of this fascinating and entertaining man, this exemplary citizen of a new country, the United States.
Subject Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Juvenile literature.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Scientists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Inventors -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Printers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Statesmen -- Biography.
Scientists -- Biography.
Inventors -- Biography.
Printers -- Biography.
ISBN 019515732X (acid-free paper)
9780195157321 (acid-free paper)
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