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The Resource The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein

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The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house
Title
The loyal son
Title remainder
the war in Ben Franklin's house
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Mark Epstein
Title variation
loyal son
Title variation remainder
the war in Ben Franklins house
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eng
Summary
" Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness--even his grandfatherly appearance--are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win William's release, while his father, to the world's astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America's most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America" --
Summary
Discusses the relationship between the Founding Father and his illegitimate son, a relationship that grew strained during the American Revolution
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collective biography
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10566969
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Epstein, Daniel Mark
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  • 973.3092
  • B
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, William
  • Statesmen
  • Governors
  • American loyalists
  • Statesmen's children
  • United States
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adult
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the war in Ben Franklin's house
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The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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ocn961698946
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
720 pages (large print)
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large print
Isbn
9781524783068
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)961698946
Label
The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein
Publication
Note
Title from web page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn961698946
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
720 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781524783068
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)961698946

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