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Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution
Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary: that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate. To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder. But Runaway America does much more than revise our image of a beloved founding father. Finding slavery at the center of Franklin's life, Waldstreicher ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 10th 2005 by Hill and Wang
(first published July 2004)
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Waldstreicher attempts to link two gigantic subjects: Benjamin Franklin and slavery. While this pays off in the discussion of the final third of Franklin's life, the first two sections of the book feel a little forced. He does challenge the historiography with his argument that anti slavery existed prior to the Revolution, and that along with the final section make it a book worth reading, although the argument is dense.