Speech In The Convention Benjamin Franklin Summary

Can you briefly explain Benjamin Franklin's "Speech in the Convention" in terms of meaning and symbolism? 

In his "Speech in the Convention," Benjamin Franklin expresses his reservations about the Constitution yet also his support for it. He encourages members of the Convention to not speak of their criticisms of the Constitution to those outside, fearing that this would hinder the document's adoption.

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Benjamin Franklin took this opportunity for a speech to express both his support for and reservations about the Constitution, which they were in the process of drafting. He begins by admitting openly that there are certain aspects of the Constitution with which he disagrees summarily. He recognizes that the Framers have all brought their own prejudices, predispositions, and opinions into the draft, and those are not easily teased out—especially in such an emotionally charged time. The drafters of the Constitution are perhaps responding too vehemently against government as practiced in England, but Franklin recognizes that it is better to take too harsh a stance and dial it back than to scrap the idea altogether.

He also acknowledges that in spite of his reservations, the Constitution has his full and utmost support. He refuses to even consider discussing his reservations outside of the walls of the drafting room, because he does not want to spread dissent for such an important...

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