Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies

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University of California Press, 1996 M03 4 - 274 páginas
In this engaging study of the much-loved statesman and polymath, Robert Middlekauff uncovers a little-known aspect of Benjamin Franklin's personality—his passionate anger. He reveals a fully human Franklin who led a remarkable life but nonetheless had his share of hostile relationships—political adversaries like the Penns, John Adams, and Arthur Lee—and great disappointments—the most significant being his son, William, who sided with the British. Utilizing an abundance of archival sources, Middlekauff weaves episodes in Franklin's emotional life into key moments in colonial and Revolutionary history. The result is a highly readable narrative that illuminates how historical passions can torment even the most rational and benevolent of men.

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In this unusual study of Benjamin Franklin's personal relationships, Middlekauff (History/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; The Mathers, 1971, etc.) points out that the beloved American sage and statesman ... Leer comentario completo

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Middlekauff (Glorious Cause, LJ 3/15/82) here gives a very readable history of America's first diplomat. Franklin acquired political enemies, Middlekauff suggests, because he was brilliant, annoying ... Leer comentario completo

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The Modern Enemies
xv
The Friends of Benjamin Franklin
1
Making Enemies
22
The Irrational Mr Franklin
53
The Triumph of the Enemies
76
An Old Friend Becomes an Enemy
113
Wedderburnes in France Arthur Lee and Ralph Izard
137
John Adams
169
No Love for Franklins Enemies
201
Abbreviations and Short Titles
213
Notes
215
Index
241
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Robert Middlekauff is Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include The Mathers: Three Generations of Puritan Intellectuals (1971), which won the Bancroft Prize, and The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution (1982), which won the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal.

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