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  • Ben Franklin Biographycritique - 1,621 words
    In his many careers as a printer, moralist, essayist, civic leader, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, and philosopher, for later generations of Americans he became both a spokesman and a model for the national character. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 17, 1706, into a religious Puritan household. His father, Josiah, was a candlemaker and a skillful mechanic. His mother, Abiah Bens parents raised thirteen children--the survivors of Josiahs seventeen children by two wives (#1). Franklin left school at ten years old when he was pressed into his father's trade. At twelve Ben was apprenticed to his half brother James, a printer of The New England Courant. He generally absorb ...
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  • Ben Franklin - 473 words
    Benjamin Franklin was born in the year 1706, in the city of Boston Mass. Ben was a great scientist, inventor and politician. With all of this going on Ben somehow also found time to be a father to his illegitimate son William, who he brought everywhere with him. The world today owes a lot to Benjamin Franklin. Science was one of Benjamins many interests. He was the one who first linked lightning and electricity. He did this in 1752 by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. The kite was being flown with a key attached to it and when the lightning hit the key the electricity traveled down the metal wire attached to it and shocked him. The kite experiment was not his only experiment though, he also p ...
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  • Franklin Vs Edwards - 781 words
    Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin are two very respected authors in our time, but never had the pleasure of knowing one another in their own time. Edwards and Franklin possessed common views regarding their pride and desire to improve themselves; however they differed in their views of perfection and their reaching of understanding about it. Benjamin dealt with his pride on many occasions, and even called pride the true evil sin. Benjamin, once conceived of being morally perfect, and believed a person could achieve moral perfection. Benjamins downfall was found to be his pride. On page 585 he states, For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be pr ...
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  • The Franklin's Tale - 480 words
    "The Franklin's Tale" was a story about keeping your promise no matter what should happen. Arveraguskept his promiseto his wife or at least he had the intention to. Aurelius finally recieved the lady he had desired for the most but he had gave her up, due to his generosity. Unlike Aurelius and Averegous, the clerk had nothing to win, just lose. In Geoffrey Chaucer's, "The Franklin Tale", Aurelius was the most generous because he was willing to lose the love of his life and be in debt only because he felt sympathy. "In his heart he felt great pity for this, and considering what was best on all sides thought that now he wouldrather abstain from his pleasurethan do such a very churlish, retchet ...
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  • Transendentalism Through Franklin Emerson And Thoreau - 1,887 words
    Daniel Higgins September13, 2000 Transcending Life by Adapting the Concepts of Franklin, Emerson, and Thoreau Everyone one of us struggles daily to survive in a manner befitting our individual beliefs, hopes, aspirations, dreams, and goals. There is not a universal code on how exactly we should go about doing this. Benjamin Franklin, Henry Thoreau, and Waldo Emerson were some of the most unique thinkers influencing the way of thinking in America. Their concepts where simplistic in nature, with underlying themes based on Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is defined as an individual transcending their senses and gaining a better understanding of beauty, good, and truth through activities su ...
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  • Benjamin Franklin - 1,318 words
    Benjamin Franklin is unmistakably the most resplendent figure in American history. Starting out as an apprentice, Franklin was to become a renowned printer, a great statesman, and an innovator always trying to find ways to improve his community. But how could this peasant apprentice become such an influential man in a large-scale society such as Philadelphia? This was the question that baffled and worried many aristocrats of the early eighteenth century. For Franklin was to become a household name and soon an inspiration to all that sought freedom from the wont class system. Franklin symbolized the classic clich of rags to riches vividly throughout his lifetime. His resilience and genius tru ...
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  • Benjamin Franklin - 1,285 words
    ... udonym in order to remain anonymous. Hence, Richard Saunders Philomath is created by Franklin and predestined to write his almanac. Benjamin Franklins almanac was a tremendous success; no other book in the colonies sold more copies, except the Bible (Doren 148). With success comes recognition and Franklin was most certainly recognized within the colonies. Year after year, Franklin packed the almanac with his sayings and rearranged proverbs. Franklins Biographer Milton Meltzer says, Franklin was adept at taking other peoples lines and giving them a wry twist that enhanced their flavor and drove home their meaning (90). For instance, an old proverb goes God restorth health and physicians h ...
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  • Ben Franklin - 765 words
    In 1683, a young man named Josiah Franklin came to America in search of religious freedom. Josiah was first a silk dyer but became a candle and soap maker because there was no need for a silk dyer . While Josiah was in Boston, he met a young woman named Abiah Folger. The two fell in love and decided to get married. Josiah had 5 children from a previous marriage, but he and Abiah had 10 children together, 4 girls and 6 boys. The youngest of the 15 surviving children was named Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. When he was 8, Bens dad took him out of grammar school so he could learn to be a candle maker. Ben was the head of his cl ...
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  • Franklin - 839 words
    The Enlightenment was a movement of beliefs dealing with the ideas of God, reason, nature, and man that attacked fundamental beliefs and practices of European society. Enlightenment thinkers were convinced that with useful knowledge and freedom in their lives they could discover happiness. Thoughts that came from the Enlightenment affected science, religion and the way society thought. The three main aspects of the Enlightenment were improving human life, understanding the laws of nature, and having a code of moral conduct. Benjamin Franklin and Eliza Pinckney were two Enlightenment thinkers who had these aspects in their life. Benjamin Franklin was truly an enlightened American of his time ...
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  • Franklin Vs Emerson - 339 words
    When we try to compare Emersons concept of the educated person to Benjamin Franklins view, one thing stands out. Emerson is of mind and spirit in all that you do and Franklin was more go by the books when it comes to education. Emerson believes that books are useful as long as readers maintain their own creativity and independence of thought. The thinking reader refers the knowledge to the understanding of nature and the human constitution, but Franklins view is one must learn from what is taught and that is that, its set in stone. For Emerson education you learn must become a thought and in turn must turn into an action in order for it to be useful. As Franklin was not a religious man, Emer ...
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  • Autobiography On Ben Franklin - 1,633 words
    Franklin's memoirs, his Autobiography, project a Benjamin Franklin who is a highly self-conscious individual able to reason himself into a life of self-control, self-improvement, virtue, and multifaceted success. To what successful ends does this Franklin apply himself? Some may argue that Franklin takes no action but that which ultimately benefits himself. This paper argues, however, that the Franklin we see in the Autobiography-as author, as boy, and as young man-is not merely self-serving (in the positive sense) but also other-serving. Indeed Franklin has eliminated self-denial from the picture, but has he eliminated self-sacrifice? When the interests of self and society seem to conflict, ...
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  • Franklin Roosevelt - 528 words
    The Great Depression beginning in 1929 was a time of hardship and suffering for many Americans. The people of the United States looked for leadership, sympathy, and someone help to get them through this time. Herbert Hoover, President at this time, offered little help to the people. Hoover did not believe in direct relief because it would hurt self-esteem and pride. In the eyes of the public, he seemed unresponsive to their needs. He urged people to help each other and encouraged non-government actions by private organizations. Businesses agreed to sustain pay and production to avoid numerous strikes. Urging states to increase spending on public projects, he hoped to create jobs without bein ...
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  • Franklin Book Report - 589 words
    Benjamin Franklin lived a highly productive life as a printer (as well as becoming an honored statesman) and he practiced living modestly, honestly and diligently. In his autobiography, written as a letter to his son, Franklin describes how he lived his life with a strong work ethic and moral character. Benjamin Franklin's autobiography illustrates some of the ideal aspects of the national character that we think of when asked to explain what the character of America is. Franklin wrote his autobiography as a letter to his son to describe his life and how he went from a wick-dipper to a respected member of early American society. He began with a somewhat detailed account of his family from th ...
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  • Benjamin Franklin And His Views On Religion - 609 words
    Benjamin Franklin, the most important figure among the anti-mystics who, more than any other man, represents the spirit of the Enlightenment movement in America. These ideas and attitudes are not harmonious, simple and unified,or totally new, but they do share a determination to break from dogmatic religion, feudal social relationships, and political absolutism. Intellectually, this movement was influenced by the new science associated with Galileo and Newton; culturally, by a turn from religion to interest in nature, especially human nature; politically, by the development of liberal thought associated with the bourgeois revolution; and socio-economically, by the growing importance of the c ...
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  • Ben Franklin - 1,776 words
    This report tells of the many accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin, and of how he became known as a hero of America. It explains how he rose from poverty by working hard. The report spreads out Ben Franklins life and the accomplishments he made during it, all from his birth to his death. You will find the discoveries and inventions he made, the way traveled in his life, and how he did all he could to improve society. When you finish reading this, your questions about Benjamin Franklin will be answered and you will know why he is considered one of Americas greatest heroes. Benjamin Franklin is one of the few people in American history that can truly be called a hero. He was born in 1796 and d ...
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  • Ben Franklin - 934 words
    Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts. His father's name was Josiah Franklin and his mother's name was Abiah Folger. Benjamin was the 15th child of 17 and was the 10th boy. Benjamin went to grammar school from age eight to ten and decided to stop, but read enough books to educate himself. After leaving school he went to work for his dad making candles. He did not like working for his dad so he became a cutler. At age 13 he worked with his brother James, who had recently returned from England with a new printing press. Benjamin learned the printing trade, and in his spare time he concentrated on his education. In 1721 Benjamin Franklin was 15 and his brother ...
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  • Benjamin Franklin - 1,347 words
    Few men have done as much for the world as Benjamin Franklin. He had many talents that he used to help the world. He was a diplomat, a scientist, an inventor, a philosopher, an educator, and a public servant. During his life, Benjamin Franklin did many things such as statesmanship, book-printing, and inventing and discovering many important things. He invented an efficient heating stove and proved that lightning is electricity. All of his great achievements have helped to make him one of the worlds best scientists.(1,2) Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 1706. His parents were Josiah and Abiah Franklin. He was the 15th child and youngest son in a family of 17 chil ...
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  • Rosalind Elsie Franklin - 764 words
    Born on July 25, 1920 in London, England, Rosalind Elise Franklin was a catalyst to many other scientists in the field of genetics. Using coal and carbon as subjects, Franklin discovered the double helix of DNA, the shape that two linear strands of DNA assume when bonded together. In 1945, Franklin received her Ph. D in physical chemistry from Cambridge University. The next year she went to Paris and worked in the Laboratoire Central des Services Chimiques de LEtat until 1950 where she concentrated her studies on x-ray diffraction methods. In 1951, Franklin returned to England to work as an associate to John Randall at Kings College. While Maurice Wilkins, a scientist, was away, Franklin was ...
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  • Franklin And Theodore Roosevelt - 1,870 words
    I n t r o d u c t i o n Throughout the ages there have been many great leaders. These leaders are powerful in many ways, with a strong control over the people, and a place in history. But who would have guessed that two cousins would be some of the greatest government figures ever? Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt, both American presidents, both American Heroes. Without these dignitaries, the American advancement into the present day would be incomplete and/or impossible. They gave people hope through hard times and the spirit to protect their country and one another. " S p e a k s o f t l y ... C a r r y a b i g s t i c k " Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was born into a rich New ...
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  • Benjamin Franklin - 477 words
    "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Benjamin Franklin What Benjamin Franklin meant by this does not only apply back during his day, but it applies throughout history. This quote can apply to the history of Africa, Latin America, and Asia. To fully explain this quote, I must divide the quote into three parts: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom,""As nations become corrupt and vicious," and "they have more need of masters." "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," in the way I understand it means that only people who have good intentions with their freedom and have their mind set on only obta ...
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