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Harvard Classics, Vol. 01: Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman, William Penn (The Harvard Classics)

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The choice of Franklin’s Autobiography containing account of his journey of self-education as the cornerstone of the Harvard Classics demonstrates Charles Eliot’s mission in creating the five-foot shelf of books: “to afford a good substitute for a liberal education to anyone who would read them with devotion.” Exemplifying the inner life of the Society of Friends, ...more
Kindle Edition, 382 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by The Portable Library
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Dec 02, 2016 Noah rated it it was amazing
Benjamin Franklin was a highly effective person. And almost certainly a deist —or atheist.

John Woolman was Quaker minister best known (these days, he is hardly known at all, so is that saying much?) for leading the Quaker’s away owning slaves. Because of his labors preaching against slavery at the Quaker Society meetings, the “Friends” became the first group to disavow slavery—right about the same time Whitefield was writing his driveling tract in support of slavery.

From a literary standpoint, W
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