Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution

Runaway America Benjamin Franklin Slavery and the American Revolution Scientist abolitionist revolutionary that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate To this description the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway slave master

  • Title: Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution
  • Author: David Waldstreicher
  • ISBN: 9780809083152
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder But Runaway America does much than revise our image of a beloved founding father Finding slavery at the center of Franklin s life, WaldstreicherScientist, abolitionist, revolutionary that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder But Runaway America does much than revise our image of a beloved founding father Finding slavery at the center of Franklin s life, Waldstreicher proves it was likewise central to the Revolution, America s founding, and the very notion of freedom we associate with both.Franklin was the sole Founding Father who was once owned by someone else and was among the few to derive his fortune from slavery As an indentured servant, Franklin fled his master before his term was complete as a struggling printer, he built a financial empire selling newspapers that not only advertised the goods of a slave economy not to mention slaves but also ran the notices that led to the recapture of runaway servants Perhaps Waldstreicher s greatest achievement is in showing that this was not an ironic outcome but a calculated one America s freedom, no less than Franklin s, demanded that others forgo liberty.Through the life of Franklin, Runaway America provides an original explanation to the paradox of American slavery and freedom.

    One thought on “Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution”

    1. Review title: Franklin revised--againRecently I read and reviewed the pre-publication Poor Richard's Lament, a fantasy-fiction account of Founding Father Ben's eternal accounting for his misdeeds in heavenly court; I rated the book +1 on lunch's -5 to +5 scale, for its interesting but uneven revisionist take on Franklin's redemption, and need for it. As fictionalized biography, I was disappointed that Poor Richard's author Fitzgerald didn't include any notes or bibliography. If he had, I suspect [...]

    2. Waldstreicher attempts to link two gigantic subjects: Benjamin Franklin and slavery. While this pays off in the discussion of the final third of Franklin's life, the first two sections of the book feel a little forced. He does challenge the historiography with his argument that anti slavery existed prior to the Revolution, and that along with the final section make it a book worth reading, although the argument is dense.

    3. This was an interesting account of Benjamin Franklin and slavery. I found it a little too detailed for me and tended to drift away during the reading.

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