The Bean Trees

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Part One, second section

Summary Throughout his teens, Franklin developed a number of new ideas, including vegetarianism, which he practices religiously for a brief period. He also adopted a skepticism towards religion through his readings. When others complained of his arrogance, he made efforts to become more humble, speaking “with seeming diffidence.” In 1720, James started the New England …

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Part Three, first section

Summary Franklin is writing Part Three from his home in America. He is writing in August 1788, about four years after ceasing work on Part Two and 17 years after completing Part One. Franklin in 1731, begins a project “great and extensive” to create a new political party with international appeal. He writes a note …

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Part Three, second section

Summary As the 1730s and 40s go on, Franklin becomes more and more successful. His newspaper does very well, and he has a good relationship with his printing office in the Carolinas. He continues working on his public works projects, one of which is plans for an “Academy.” The plan is unsuccessful at first, and …

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Part Three, third section, and Part Four

Summary Ceasing his account of his military experiences, Franklin turns to his scientific achievements. In 1746, Franklin receives instruction in the conducting of scientific experiments. He manufactures a number of beakers and practices his own experiments at home. Franklin slowly develops the idea that lightning and electricity are the same thing, an idea which is …

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