Benjamin Franklin was not the Leonardo Da Vinci of the Enlightenment movement. Benjamin Franklin may have brought about Enlightenment ideas through the U.S. constitution however he doesn’t symbolize the Leonardo Da Vinci of the Enlightenment because Thomas Hobbes clearly represents that in a more influential way. Thomas Hobbes was a philosopher who began the Enlightenment because of his Leviathan, which states his theories and highlights the ideas of the Enlightenment. He not only started the Enlightenment and expressed the ideas but also incorporated his own thoughts especially on individual rights. Hobbes’s theories were vital to the making of political democracy in the Western World. The U.S. constitution is not the most significant political document ever written, however, the Declaration of Independence is. This document states that “all men and women are equal”, which is extremely important in the aspect of sexism and the superiority that men used to uphold. This is vital because this document gives a major standpoint that grants everyone as equals. It is also known as the best-written piece of work that represents the rights of people. The importance and significance of this document is also because it states the official separation of the colonies from Britain, which grants them freedom and individualism. Its also the building blocks to the making of the federal government and the United States. The French people did have a greater cause for rebellion than the English colonists in America. The French had far worse living conditions than the English colonist and to begin with, the French were very oppressed and they had less rights and freedom than the colonists. The French were also drowning in huge taxation, whether it be paying the king, the church, or the manor, taxes were overpowering the poor French. They were going though terrible conditions for the family because many children were given up. Also, many peasants were unable to produce food, which then in return were left to starve because of inflation. Napoleon Bonaparte was more of a tyrant than Louis because to begin, he was an efficient and effective dictator of France who conquered much of Western Europe. One cruel invasion was when Napoleon attacked Egypt because he wanted to demoralize Britain’s admission to India. He not only attacked Egypt but also Austria as well as Spain because he wanted to administrate a boycott of Britain known as the Continental system. Napoleon was being hated so constantly that a huge alliance was made between Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Great Britain against him. His cruel and tyrant ruling led to Napoleon Bonaparte’s own downfall, however, was his most highly known characteristic as a tyrant dictator. The Declaration of the Rights of Man was more influential on political rights rather than the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of the Rights of Man is a document in which human rights, individual rights, and political rights were all defined and influenced because of the natural rights doctrine. As you can see listed below are a few articles of the document that show what influence and impact that this document had on political rights because of the focus on the…
Franklin, Benjamin., The Autobiography and Other Writings., Penguin Books., New York, NY, 1986., 268 pgs.
The book The Autobiography and Other Writings by Author Dr. Benjamin Franklin turned out to be a great book. I would have never picked up a book like this in my life. I’m happy I was introduced to the work. It was truly an amazing read.
In the beginning, Franklin explained that he was the youngest son and the 15th child of 17 children. His father, Josiah Franklin, was a soap and…
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the customary title for the unfinished record of his life in writing by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790, although, Franklin himself seems, called the work his Memoirs. Although there was a tortuous annals of the publication after the death of Franklin, this…
“All who think cannot but see there is a sanction like that of religion which binds us in partnership in the serious work of the world.”- Benjamin Franklin
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Benjamin Franklin is known as one of the “founding fathers” of America. He was a businessman, writer, and a member of various political groups. His writings are an important part in American literature.
Franklin was brought into this world on January 17, 1706; his parents, Josiah and Abiah…
-Benjamin Franklin’s shocking life will keep you on your toes.
Benjamin Franklin was a great leader, also well known as a writer, politician, and scientist. He was the first person to capture electricity. Because of all his great skills, he was able to become one of the most famous people of all time.
Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17,1706 in Boston, Massachusetts . He was the tenth son of seventeen children of a man who made soap and candles. In his youth, he wrote and sold ballads.Writing…
Although he had over 10 inventions by himself, Benjamin Franklin did not have a single patent. He was a man of true simplicity whose humble nature carried him along way. “He helped
found a new nation and defined the American character. Writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity . . . genius.” (Pbs1). Most people would associate Benjamin’s inventions with electricity, but he also dabbled around in other fields…
The Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, we get a good representation of the American Dream in literary form. Franklin was the first person to write an autobiography in a non-religious way and it’s a good representation to readers today, of what life was like for people during the time of the 18th century in America. Although intellectualism was flourishing during this time, it wasn’t common for people to write about their personal and daily lives, and achievements. Franklin first went to school at…
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December 8th. 2014
Benjamin Franklin was born in January 17, 1706 in Boston. He was the 15th sibling to be born out of 17. His father, Josiah Franklin, was a candle maker. Josiah Franklin had seven children with is first wife, Anne Child, and 10 children with his second wife Abiah Folger.
At 10 years old Benjamin was withdrawn from Boston Latin School he was attending. He wasn’t interested in working with…
in American history could be more celebrated than Benjamin Franklin for his work as a writer, statesman and patriot?
Benjamin Franklin’s first claim to fame arose with his articulate abilities to pen and print the written word. Although he did not receive much education, Franklin loved to read and learn on his own. Consequently, this love for the written word prompted Franklin to open a print shop in Philadelphia. After opening his shop, Franklin published a newspaper called, “The Pennsylvania Gazette…
19 November 2011
Say the name Benjamin Franklin and you may picture a chubby man with spectacles holding a
kite during a lightening storm. Perhaps you picture him a older man with spectacles propped up on his nose standing in a great room full of distinguished gentlemen signing the Declaration of Independence. Both of these facts about Benjamin Franklin's life would be true. However, there was so much more to Mr. Franklin. He was a diplomat, a statesman…
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, we are reading the path that one man took to go from a middle class child to a well respected adult. Benjamin Franklin created what we know today as the American dream. Today we understand the American dream to be that one can go from rags to riches with a little hard work. The autobiography is based around the age of reason and a time man was thought to be able to be perfected by means of science and invention. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is full of success…