Benjamin and William Franklin explores the issues that divided patriots and loyalists at the time of the American Revolution by examining the lives of Benjamin Franklin - the most internationally renowned American revolutionary - and his son William, the last royal governor of New Jersey, who remained loyal to the British crown. An engaging narrative of 150 pages looks at the personal background and political experiences of the two Franklins against the backdrop of events in colonial North America leading up to and during the Revolution. A selection of 8 primary documents - including writings by Benjamin and William Franklin - will enrich students' understanding of the events and issues of this period. Benjamin and William Franklin also contains questions to consider when reading the documents, a chronology of the two men's lives, a bibliography, and an index.
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Sheila L. Skemp is associate professor of history at the University of Mississippi. She is the author of William Franklin: Son of a Patriot, Servant of a King (1990), and has served as an editor of two volumes dealing with issues of race and gender in the South. She is currently working on a biography of Judith Sargent Murray. Skemp was the recipient of the University of Mississippi's award for Outstanding Teacher in the Liberal Arts.Review:
"This is a fine work that will stimulate students to study in greater depth the Revolution and the lives of participants such as the Franklins."
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Book Description Palgrave Macmillan, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312102836