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OUSD Teaching American History Grant II
April 21, 2005

?Not Your Grandfather's Benjamin Franklin:
Teaching Early America through our
Most Modern Founding Father

Dee Andrews, Professor of History
California State University, East Bay

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  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (from THE ELECTRIC FRANKLIN PROJECT)

  • "Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One"
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  • "Our Opinions are Not in Our Own Power"
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  • "Articles for a Treaty of Peace with Madame Brillon"
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  • "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North-America"
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  • Benjamin Franklin's Address to the Public, (November 9, 1789 Philadelphia)
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  • "Plan for Improving the Condition of the Free Blacks"
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  • "As to Jesus of Nazareth" pdf version

  • The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume I: Boston and London, 1722-1726 [alternate site, plain text]

  • The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume II: Philadelphia, 1726-1757 [alternate site, plain text]

  • The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume III: London, 1757-1775 [alternate site, plain text]

  • The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume IV: Paris, 1776-1785 [only plain text available]

  • The Writings of Benjamin Franklin, Volume V: London and Philadelphia, 1785-1790 [only plain text available]

  • Links to other writings of Benjamin Franklin
  • Political Cartoon from 1764 "The German Bleeds" This cartoon, circulated after the 1763 Conestoga massacre, criticizes the Quakers for their support of Native Americans at the expense of German and Scots-Irish backcountry settlers.

  • Native American-European contact during the Colonial Era A cross-curricular lesson plan that explores the nature of the first encounters between Native Americans and Europeans in colonial Pennsylvania.
  • Benjamin Franklin | PBS