Bibliography (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Brands, H. W. The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Random House, 2000. This full biography relates Franklin’s life to the birth of the United States.
Breitweiser, Mitchell Robert. Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin: The Price of Representative Personality. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984. This study of the relationship of Franklin’s thought with that of a highly influential New England clergyman of his time, Cotton Mather, clarifies Franklin’s place in a developing American culture.
Campbell, James. Recovering Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service. Peru, Ill.: Carus, 1999. A study of Franklin’s thinking on science, religion, morality, and politics as well as his ideas on public service.
Cohen, I. Bernard. Science and the Founding Fathers: Science in the Political Thought of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and Madison. New York: W. W. Norton, 1995. Cohen’s chapter on Franklin explains how Franklin, who had only a few years of formal education, was able to become a distinguished scientist.
Cullen, J. P. “Benjamin Franklin: ’The Glory of America.’” American History Illustrated 6, no. 1 (1971): 40-47. Cullen’s description of Franklin’s early...
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