The evolution of Ben Franklin’s ideals
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin does little to help one understand his role in the Revolution and the writing of the Constitution in that it stops in 1750. It does however give insight into a man who has been called the first American. It offers insight into what is called the Age of Reason. Franklin, however, does provide us with a short speech at the Constitutional Convention which reflects the evolution of his thinking about the perfectibility of man. www.usconstitution.net/franklin.html(this is what needs to be cited)
In a 1000- 2500 word essay discuss Franklin’s early belief in certain virtues and his relationship with his son as reflected in the autobiography. Additionally comment on the wisdom or lack thereof shown in his speech. Does one conclude he abandoned the idealism of his younger days or is it a more reflected version? As part of this discuss Franklin’s role in the writing of the Constitution.
www.pbs.org/benfranklin/l3_citizen_founding.html(this needs to be cited)