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The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her 12 children. Historian Jill Lepore shows that Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister was, like her brother, a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only one woman but an entire world.

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Jill Lepore

Comments [2]

Ed from Larchmont

Many people had lots of children at this time, it's by population that the colonists won the land. 1/4 of children died in childhood, today we kill more than 1/4 of our children in abortion. Hmm.

Dec. 24 2013 01:57 PM
Ed from Larchmont

'A good submissive Christian' - isn't that a bit pejorative? It was the Christian Quakers that started the over-turning of slavery. The Christian is the real revolutionary.

Dec. 24 2013 01:53 PM

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