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The Resource The political trial of Benjamin Franklin : a prelude to the American Revolution, Kenneth Lawing Penegar, (electronic resource)

The political trial of Benjamin Franklin : a prelude to the American Revolution, Kenneth Lawing Penegar, (electronic resource)

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The political trial of Benjamin Franklin : a prelude to the American Revolution
Title
The political trial of Benjamin Franklin
Title remainder
a prelude to the American Revolution
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth Lawing Penegar
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eng
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Penegar, Kenneth Lawing
Dewey number
  • 973.3092
  • B
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
P36 2011
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  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Statesmen
  • United States
  • United States
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Benjamin Franklin, it seems, was a reluctant revolutionary. In tracing the course of his political transformation, this book will explore the social and political understandings and misunderstandings that both sustained and divided Britain and its colonies in North America. At the center of the story is Benjamin Franklin's decision in late 1772 to use a cache of personal letters that had fallen in his lap in London for revelation in Massachusetts - essentially a Wikileaks for 1772 - and the consequences of that decision for himself and for the cause of an amicable settlement of differences between the colonies and the British government. The personal side of Franklin's life in London is explored fully enough for the reader to appreciate both his strong attachment to the place and the inevitable sense of loss from which he reluctantly retreated in the spring of 1775 upon his departure from Britain and return to Philadelphia. In the tradition of narrative history, this book combines two main stories, each one complementing the other. Woven into the chronological and social history is a tale with an air of genuine suspense and mystery about it, revolving around Franklin's publication of private correspondence with political ramifications. The "leak" was a shock to all, and had consequences for the prospect of avoiding a deeper rift with Britain, a cause Franklin pursued with increasing frustration in the last few years before the American Revolution. There are notable editorial innovations in the book. The appendices contain full transcripts of significant documents of the time (a first) as well as a thorough exploration of the mystery over the identity of Franklin's source for the Hutchinson letters. A practical 'time-line' is included showing major correlative events. This work will fill a partial void in the late colonial period in American history and will deepen our understanding of the role of the American with the most extensive experience of British political and cultural sensibilities of the time
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The political trial of Benjamin Franklin : a prelude to the American Revolution, Kenneth Lawing Penegar, (electronic resource)
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-260) and index
Contents
  • A duel in Hyde Park -- Private letters, public causes -- Imperial over-reach : the political context of the letters -- Harvest of spite : reaction in the London press -- Preliminary hearing -- Showdown in the cockpit -- The verdict -- Circles of support -- Other perils and after shocks -- Second thoughts -- Going home, looking back
  • A duel in Hyde Park -- Private letters, public causes -- Imperial over-reach : the political context of the letters -- Harvest of spite : reaction in the London press -- Preliminary hearing -- Showdown in the cockpit -- The verdict -- Circles of support -- Other perils and after shocks -- Second thoughts -- Going home, looking back
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000540156
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unknown
Isbn
9780875868516
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2011004000
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000540156
Label
The political trial of Benjamin Franklin : a prelude to the American Revolution, Kenneth Lawing Penegar, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-260) and index
Contents
  • A duel in Hyde Park -- Private letters, public causes -- Imperial over-reach : the political context of the letters -- Harvest of spite : reaction in the London press -- Preliminary hearing -- Showdown in the cockpit -- The verdict -- Circles of support -- Other perils and after shocks -- Second thoughts -- Going home, looking back
  • A duel in Hyde Park -- Private letters, public causes -- Imperial over-reach : the political context of the letters -- Harvest of spite : reaction in the London press -- Preliminary hearing -- Showdown in the cockpit -- The verdict -- Circles of support -- Other perils and after shocks -- Second thoughts -- Going home, looking back
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000540156
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9780875868516
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2011004000
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000540156

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