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The Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America by Jonathan Lyons
  

The Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Young America was, even as a colony, a land of endless possibilities. An ever-expanding horizon combined with a culture revolving around the concept of liberty, be it religious freedom or the opportunity to escape from the stultifying atmosphere of European conservatism, to create a unique, if rough around the edges, world. Liberty of action was accompanied by a measure of liberty of thought, and America’s early intellectuals enjoyed freedoms of which their European rivals could only dream. Into this novel intellectual mix strode Benjamin Franklin, America’s own gifted scientist and Renaissance man, an individual who, more than any other, stimulated American thought and showed the Europeans that America’s colonists could create more than mere trouble. This fascinating guide to America’s Enlightenment, its leading figures, and its ups and downs, is a breath of fresh air at a time when enlightened values seem to be beating a hasty retreat.
~ Jonathan North

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The Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America by Jonathan Lyons

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Publication date

10th June 2014

Author

Jonathan Lyons

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

History
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Social & cultural history
History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
History of ideas

ISBN

9781608195725

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