Looking westward into what he believed to be a boundless forest, Franklin assumed that the Indians would always have land enough to live as they wished.
Inat age 12, he was apprenticed to his older brother James, a Boston printer. In addition to political duties, Colden carried on extensive research in natural science. As they sought a middle ground between the corrupting overcivilization of Europe and the simplicity of the state of nature in which they believed that many Indians lived, Franklin and other Deists paid abundant attention to the political organization of the Indians, especially the Iroquois, who were not only the best organized Indian polity with which British Americans had contact, but who were also allied with them.
He wore the cap on the voyage across the Atlantic in winter to keep his head warm.
In his view, "The real epic of America is the yet unfinished story of the Americanization of the white man. The second major achievement was to reach a peace agreement with the British.
The House passed a resolution that there should be a period of mourning; the Senate, under the control of the Lees and Adamses, refused. Franklin understood that you would never get there that way.
Instead, Franklin as well as Jefferson sought to erect an amalgam, a combination of indigenous American Indian practices and the cultural heritage that the new Americans had carried from Europe. Franklin broke with his son, but was suspected of somehow not being quite American.
Franklin immediately wrote Vergennes saying that he was being approached by the British. He was a very cosmopolitan fellow, and the idea of posing as a simpleton was for him a thespian challenge. Ann Petry and the Art of Subversion.
In discussing the new culture, Franklin and others drew from experience with native Americans, which was more extensive than that of the European natural rights philosophers. At that time, Franklin even accepted polytheism.
Similar letters were sent to all colonies that shared frontiers with the Iroquois and their Indian allies, from Virginia northward.
Everything runs smoothly without soldiers, gendarmes, or police, without nobles, kings, governors, prefects or judges; without prisons, without trials. These employments of men and women are accounted natural and honorable.
The Indian women till the ground, dress the food, nurse and bring up the children, and preserve and hand down to posterity the memory of public transactions.
In the century before the American Revolution, some fifty treaty accounts were published, covering forty-five treaty councils.American art literature, and science were snubbed by most cultured Europeans. Benjamin Franklin would help them take notice. Ben Franklin was born in in colonial Boston.
Apprenticed to his brother, a printer, young Ben ran away to Philadelphia when he was seventeen. The next twenty-five years of his life he made a fortune out of the three. Benjamin Franklin was one of a remarkable group who helped transform the mind of a group of colonies that were becoming a nation.
It would be a nation that combined the heritages of two continents -- that of Europe, their ancestral home, and America, the new home in. Benjamin Franklin Remarks concerning the Savages of North America Savages we call them, because their Manners differ from ours, which we think the Perfection of Civility.
Benjamin Franklin - American Indians: Benjamin Franklin condemned the atrocities committed against American Indians by Caucasians. As American self consciousness and the Franklin Myth grew up together, they influenced each other to such an extent that Benjamin Franklin has, for most of American history, been considered the “archetypical American,” which is striking when Franklin’s life is compared to other Founding Fathers such as Washington and Jefferson.
Apr 30, · Benjamin Franklin’s essay about Native Americans April 30, | By grumpypilgrim More Erich’s post about George Washington and not prejudging the opposition reminded me of a superb essay written by Benjamin Franklin about Native Americans, titled: “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” ().Download