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Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and Virtue

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  • Benjamin Franklin is one of the best known and least understood figures in the history of eighteenth-century political thought. Alan Houston clarifies our understanding of his thought by making available a representative selection of his most important political writings. The entire text of the Autobiography is included alongside letters, essays, pamphlets, and manuscript notes that cover political economy, moral psychology, and religious belief and practice, among other topics.

    • Makes available, for the first time in two generations, a full and representative selection of Franklin's most important political writings
    • Includes the entire text of the Autobiography in a new edition based on the holograph manuscript
    • The editor Alan Houston is an experienced and highly regarded political theorist whose introduction provides a comprehensive and accessible account of Franklin's political thought
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511227264
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Chronology
    Bibliographical note
    Biographical guide
    A note on the texts
    1. The autobiography - Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four
    2. Plan of conduct (1726)
    3. The nature and necessity of a paper currency (1729)
    4. Apology for printers (1731)
    5. Rules for a club formerly established at Philadelphia (1732)
    6. Dialogue between two Presbyterians (1735)
    7. Letter to Josiah and Abiah Franklin (1738)
    8. Proposal for promoting useful knowledge (1743)
    9. Speech of Miss Polly Baker (1747)
    10. Plain truth (1747)
    11. Form of the association and remarks (1747)
    12. Advice to a young tradesman, written by an old one (1748)
    13. Proposals relating to the education of youth in Pennsylvania
    14. Observations concerning the increase of mankind (1751)
    15. Letter to James Parker (1751)
    16. Rattlesnakes for Felons (1751)
    17. Letter to Peter Collinson (1753)
    18. Letter to Peter Collinson (1753)
    19. Join or die (1754)
    20. Reasons and motives for the Albany Plan of Union (1754)
    21. Letters to Governor Shirley (1754) with a preface of 1766
    22. Preface to poor Richard improved (1757)
    23. Letter to ________ (1757)
    24. Letter to Lord Kames (1760)
    25. On the price of corn, and the management of the poor (1766)
    26. Letter to Lord Kames (1767)
    27. Causes of the American discontents before 1768 (1768)
    28. The Somersett case and the slave trade (1772)
    29. Rules by which a Great Empire may be reduced to a small one (1773)
    30. An edict by the King of Prussia (1773)
    31. On a proposed act to prevent immigration (1773)
    32. Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (1775)
    33. Morals of Chess (1779)
    34. The Whistle (1779)
    35. Letter to Joseph Priestley (1780)
    36. Letter to Joseph Priestley (1782)
    37. Letter to Richard Price (1782)
    38. Letter to Robert Morris (1783)
    39. Remarks concerning the savages of North America (1784)
    40. Letter to Sarah Franklin Bache (1784)
    41. Information to those who would remove to America (1784)
    42. Letter to Benjamin Vaughan (1784)
    43. At the Constitutional Convention (1787)
    44. Queries and remarks (1789)
    45. On the Slave Trade (1790)
    Index.

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    Alan Houston teaches in the department of political science at the University of California, San Diego.

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