The World of Benjamin Franklin

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The World of Benjamin Franklin


Note from the Editor
by Tamara Gaskell Miller

Note from the President: Making Franklin's Philadelphia the Nation's Historical Capital
by David Moltke-Hansen

Benjamin Franklin and Apprenticeship in the 18th Century
by Susan E. Klepp

The Emergence of the American Colonial Press
by Ralph Frasca

Franklin's Comic Environment
by Paul M. Zall

Celia Single Defends the Weaker Sex
by Ceila Single

"To Cultivate the Finer Arts, and Improve the Stock of Knowledge": Benjamin Franklin and Enlightened Science
by Nina Reid-Maroney

Book Reviews
by Melissa M. Mandell

Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America, by Philip Dray
Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution, by David Waldstreicher
Rum Punch and Revolution: Taverngoing and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia, by Peter Thompson
Ben Franklin's Philadelphia: A Guide, by Tom Huntington

Window on the Collections: Franklin in France
by Melissa M. Mandell

LEGACIES for Kids: Franklin's Magic Squares
by Laura Beardsley

Teachers' Page
Laura Beardsley

LEGACIES for Kids: Book Reviews
by the Staff of Chris' Corner Books for Kids & Teens

What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz; illustrated by Margot Tomes
Ben Franklin and His First Kite, by Stephen Krensky; illustrated by Bert Dodson
Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life, by Candace Fleming
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin, By His Good Mouse Amos, by Robert Lawson
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares, by Frank Murphy; illustrated by Richard Walz
The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments: A Franklin Institute Science Museum Book, by Cheryl Kirk Noll

Food for Thought: America's Accessible Founder
by Michael Zuckerman

Cover image:  Portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Charles Willson Peale, 1789. Courtesy of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia.