The Society for Useful Knowledge How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America by Jonathan Lyons
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.
Publication date: 14/08/2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||14th August 2014|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, History of ideas,|