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Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire

Carla J. Mulford


A literary biography of Franklin’s writings on the British Empire and its relationship to the British North America, this book assesses Franklin’s intellectual life by examining his writings on economics, society, politics, and the environment. It shows how Franklin’s youthful reading and writings influenced his values, which had their basis in the early modern liberalism of the seventeenth century. Franklin concluded early in his life that people ought to have central freedoms of conscience and person, including free speech and a free press to voice their concerns about government, the abilit ... More

Keywords: Benjamin Franklin, early modern liberalism, first British Empire, theories of empire, American independence, early American agriculture, eighteenth-century Ireland, early American economics, freedom of conscience, American slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199384198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carla J. Mulford, author
Associate Professor of English, Pennsylvania State University