Benjamin Franklin, Genius of Kites, Flights and Voting Rights
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About the Book
This unconventional biography of Benjamin Franklin, the great American Renaissance man, explores examples of Franklin’s diverse genius and accomplishments in different fields.
Among the topics explored are Franklin’s views on women’s issues, such as disapproving of impractical hoopskirts, supporting their education, and suggesting insurance for widows and spinsters. It describes his love of a good hoax, contributions to ballooning while an ambassador in France, experiments with the famous kite, and advances in heating houses. His work with money is also covered, including methods of printing money to confuse counterfeiters, a revolutionary way of making a print of a real leaf, and his updated portrait on the present $100 bill. Franklin’s role as head of a commission to examine (and debunk) mesmerism is addressed.
No stranger to controversy, Franklin headed the first successful attempt to unify the colonies to create a country. This work shows that Franklin is more responsible than any other for the founding of the United States—and also that he was a leading cause of the French Revolution, providing the French with an example of a successful rebellion, lessons on how to shift power from the king, and ideas about erecting a constitutional government (in addition, he weakened the French royal treasury by extracting loans and gifts to support America).
About the Author(s)
Seymour Stanton Block
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 55 photos, chronology, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2004
Table of Contents
1. Benjamin Franklin’s Greatest Invention 15
2. The Mystery of Polly Baker 43
3. Benjamin Franklin at the Dawn of the Space Age 63
4. That Famous Kite 78
5. That Famous Stove 109
6. Benjamin Franklin and the French Revolution 135
7. Benjamin Franklin, Money Maker 151
8. Detergents, Emulsions, and Foams 178
9. The Hypnotist 207
10. America’s First Senior Citizen 227