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Bringing the Enlightenment to America

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jonathan Lyons describes how Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America, and how that intellectual revolution laid the foundation for the political one that followed. In The Society for Useful Knowledge, Lyons tells the story of America's coming-of-age through practical invention, applied science, and self-reliance and how that still influences American society and culture today.

 

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Jonathan Lyons

Comments [1]

james andrea from Brick, NJ

I've read that Franklin didn't espouse separation from Britain until a visit to Ireland (with Edmund Burke) where he saw the deleterious effects of a colonial economy.

Jun. 25 2013 01:06 PM

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