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Edwin S. Gaustad

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305357

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305357.001.0001

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New Nation and Aged Patriarch

New Nation and Aged Patriarch

(p.110) Seven New Nation and Aged Patriarch
Benjamin Franklin

Edwin S. Gaustad

Oxford University Press

In 1784, Franklin published a brief guide, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America. Here, he offered helpful advice and hinted his own view of the essence of the American experiment. He asserted that America was a land of opportunity, but only for those who are prepared to work. After the Shay's Rebellion shook complacency, so that sentiment for a more effective government grew, the Confederation Congress agreed to call a convention to meet in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania named the 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin as one of its representatives. He agreed to serve on what came to be known as the Constitutional Convention. Franklin's last public service was rendered on behalf of the abolition of slavery. In late 1787, he accepted the presidency of the newly reorganized Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery.

Keywords:   Shay's Rebellion, America, Confederation Congress, Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin, slavery

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