Lecture 1 Out of Boston: 1706-1723: Birth to Age 17
Lecture 2 Among Friends: 1723-1726: Age 17 to 20
Lecture 3 Poor Richard: 1726-1733: Age 20 to 29
Lecture 4 The Art of Virtue: 1728-1737: Age 22 to 31
Lecture 5 Practical Citizenship: 1739-1747: Age 33 to 41
Lecture 6 Stealing Lightning from the Heavens: 1748-1752: Age 42-46
Lecture 7 Join or Die: 1752-1757: Age 46 to 51
Lecture 8 A Personal Stamp Act Crisis: 1757-1765: Age 51 to 59
Lecture 9 The Cockpit: 1765-1774: Age 59 to 68
Lecture 10 The Most Dangerous Man in America: 1774-1776: Age 68 to 70
Lecture 11 Paris by Storm: 1776-1778: Age 70 to 72
Lecture 12 To Be Seventy Again: 1778-1783: Age 72 to 77
Lecture 13 Eldest Statesman: 1783-1787: Age 77 to 81
Lecture 14 In Peach with Them All: 1787-1790: Age 81 to 84
The Legacy of Benjamin Franklin
Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, lady?s man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist?it?s almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of his many-faceted life.
In this course we will study in some detail the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer?s apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin?s thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him into the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo over two-hundred years after his passing.
A man of his time and of his place, Benjamin Franklin sought not only to enlighten himself, but also to help shed a new light of reason and self-government to all who would pay heed.