Ben Franklin's Misconceptions About Life In America

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When Ben Franklin was writing his essays, his purpose was to point out the misconceptions about life in America. He wanted to give people a better idea of American life so that they know what they are in for if they go. Franklin made it clear that if you want something in America, you have to work for it and nothing is handed to you just like how it is in today’s society. Franklin said “No land of ease for entitled “gentlemen” who regarded labor as beneath them”. He is basically saying that for the ones who want to own land can’t expect to have lower class people work for them, they have to manage the land themselves. Similar to today’s policy on citizenship, back then you must have had 1 or 2 years of residence before they are considered a citizen. Today, you must possess a green card for at least 5 years or 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. …show more content…
Franklin said, “Strangers are welcomed because there is enough room for everyone”. This made me think about the vast amount of immigrants that populate the U.S today and how citizens of America coincide with this. A lot of them started from rock bottom and worked extremely hard to live a comfortable life. Ben Franklin said “Everyone will enjoy securely the profits of the industry”. If you work and contribute to society, then you are going to get a positive return, which is why Franklin referred to America as the “land of the labor”. A great think about the New world and America today is that you are free to practice whatever religion you like and people for the most part respect