The Quintessential American



The Quintessential American

In these selections from his Autobiography, Benjamin Franklin reflects upon his rise in the world and the self-taught lessons that brought his success.

“Franklin seems to have a unique appeal,” writes the historian Gordon S. Wood. “He seems the most accessible, the most democratic, and the most folksy of the Founders. . . .  Indeed, perhaps no person in American history has taken on…

The Quintessential American

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