Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography and the Education of America

  title={Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography and the Education of America},
  author={Steven Forde},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  • S. Forde
  • Published 1992
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
Franklin's Autobiography was written in part to provide a model for the emerging democratic individual and democratic culture of America. Franklin's teaching in the work has been subject to severe criticisms from the beginning, though it has had many defenders, too. Neither friend nor foe, however, has taken a sustained look at the Autobiography itself to explore its teaching in detail. I look at Franklin's presentation of the relationship of wealth and virtue, his utilitarianism, and his… Expand
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