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The most famous man of his age, Benjamin Franklin was an individual of many talents and accomplishments. He invented the wood-burning stove and the lightning rod, he wrote Poor Richard's Almanac and The Way to Wealth, and he traveled the world as a diplomat. But it was in politics that Franklin made his greatest impact. Franklin’s political writings are full of fascinating reflections on human nature, on the character of good leadership, and on why government is such a messy and problematic business. Drawing together threads in Franklin's writings, Lorraine Smith Pangle illuminates his thoughts on citizenship, federalism, constitutional government, the role of civil associations, and religious freedom. Of the American Founders, Franklin had an unrivaled understanding of the individual human soul. At the heart of his political vision is a view of democratic citizenship, a rich understanding of the qualities of the heart and mind necessary to support liberty and sustain happiness. This concise introduction reflects Franklin's valuable insight into political issues that continue to be relevant today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. NOTE ON SOURCES
  2. p. ix
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. p. xi
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. CHAPTER 1. THE ECONOMIC BASIS OF LIBERTY
  2. pp. 15-48
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  1. CHAPTER 2. THE VIRTUOUS CITIZEN
  2. pp. 49-90
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  1. CHAPTER 3. PHILANTHROPY AND CIVIL ASSOCIATIONS
  2. pp. 91-126
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  1. CHAPTER 4. THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT
  2. pp. 127-184
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  1. CHAPTER 5. THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONS
  2. pp. 185-223
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 225-261
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  1. RECOMMENDED READINGS
  2. p. 263
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 265-277
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801896163
Related ISBN
9780801886669
MARC Record
OCLC
550619711
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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