Lesson 1 (from Section One Through Page 20)
There is a great deal written about Benjamin Franklin and his first foray into the printing business. Discuss Franklin's training, education and experience and how they relate to the book.
1. Benjamin Franklin is the most well known printer from Colonial times although he was not the first. Discuss Franklin's move to Boston to work with his brother James as an apprentice. Also discuss necessary training, education and experience and how they relate to the book. Do you think POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK would exist if Franklin had not been a printer? Discuss what process Franklin might have used to create the various pamphlets. How else were Franklin's skills useful?
2. Examine the basic concept of printing and how a newspaper was put together in Colonial times (metal type, etc.). Discuss how methods have evolved and how those changes have improved the craft. Also discuss the life of...
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