Franklin as Demographer

  title={Franklin as Demographer},
  author={Alfred Owen Aldridge},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={25 - 44}
  • A. O. Aldridge
  • Published 1 May 1949
  • History
  • The Journal of Economic History
Many students of Franklin discuss his Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc., as a precursor of Malthus' Essay on the Principle of Population? overlooking the more significant fact that Franklin's essay is part of an extensive movement to analyze population trends, a movement dating at least from John Graunt's Natural and Political Observations … upon the Bills of Mortality (1662). Just as every writer on physics from Newton to Einstein has something to say… 

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