Who was the Real Benjamin Franklin? Some historians have depicted an aged statesman whose wise and steadying influence kept the Constitutional Convention together in 1787, while others have pictured a chuckling prankster who couldn’t resist a funny story.
There are many Benjamin Franklins. Or at least he has taken on many different forms in the history books and conversations of the last two centuries.
In this biography of Benjamin Franklin, you will meet the real man as he is allowed to present much of his story in his own words.
No man's life can be truly understood apart from his ideas, nor can his ideas be fully appreciated apart from the experiences which shaped his life. For this reason, The Real Benjamin Franklin includes two parts.
- Part 1 - A Biography of Benjamin Franklin's Life
- Part 2 - Selected quotations from his life, organized by topic.
These two parts are designed to complement each other and paint a more complete and accurate picture of the life of Benjamin Franklin.
The Real Benjamin Franklin is part of a series published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies entitled The American Classic Series. It is designed to revive an intelligent appreciation of the Founders and the remarkable system of government that they gave us.