American History XX: Jane Franklin Mecom

Monday, July 02, 2012

To celebrate the Independence Day we’re profiling forgotten, underappreciated, or just plain interesting American women who, in many cases, have been written out of the history books. For today’s installment of that series, American History XX, The New Yorker’s Jill Lepore fills us in on the life of Jane Franklin Mecom, Ben Franklin’s sister whom he corresponded with often, but eventually wrote out of his own autobiography.


Jill Lepore

Comments [2]

neil from State College, PA

Yeh, good question.

Did anyone ever hear of Franklin's sister? What did she do wrong?

Jul. 04 2014 10:16 AM
Laura from UWS

Can Jill Lepore recommend any books or articles we can read about Ben Franklin's sister?

Thank you.

Jul. 02 2012 11:18 AM

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