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Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution

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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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Todd Stockslager
Review title: Franklin revised--again
Recently I read and reviewed the pre-publication Poor Richard's Lament, a fantasy-fiction account of Founding Father Ben's eternal accounting for his misdeeds in heavenly court; I rated the book +1 on lunch.com's -5 to +5 scale, for its interesting but uneven revisionist take on Franklin's redemption, and need for it. As fictionalized biography, I was disappointed that Poor Richard's author Fitzgerald didn't include any notes or bibliography.

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Julie
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ma-reading
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.
Michele
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was an interesting account of Benjamin Franklin and slavery. I found it a little too detailed for me and tended to drift away during the reading.
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