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Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire$
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Carla J. Mulford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.001.0001

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Rebellion to Tyrants, Obedience to God

Rebellion to Tyrants, Obedience to God

(p.274) Eight Rebellion to Tyrants, Obedience to God
Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire

Carla J. Mulford

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats the years of the Revolution against Great Britain and Franklin’s diplomacy in France. Although he was advanced in age and facing uncertain health, Franklin worked tirelessly to secure the Revolution. He became a much-consulted strategist for many of the decisions made by Congress. Highlights of Franklin’s activities include his propaganda writing; his work in Congress, especially serving the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence; his crucial role in diplomatic relations between France and British North America during and after the American Revolution; and his work to secure the Peace of Paris of 1783. As part of the treaty negotiations, Franklin was seeking reparations for Americans whose property was destroyed during the war. He was also working hard to assist Americans taken prisoner of war and held—in deplorable conditions—in prisons in Britain.

Keywords:   Declaration of Independence, John Bradshaw, Fugio design, continental monetary policy, American sovereignty, Treaty of Paris, minister plenipotentiary, reparations, prisoners of war, Supplement to the Boston Independent Chronicle

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