Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Chapter Sixteen, Chapter Seventeen, and Conclusion Summary & Analysis

Walter Isaacson
This Study Guide consists of approximately 32 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Benjamin Franklin.
This section contains 619 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Study Guide

Chapter Sixteen, Chapter Seventeen, and Conclusion Summary and Analysis

Chapter Sixteen takes place in Philadelphia from 1785-1790. On the voyage from England Franklin indulges in his scientific inquiries. He finally has his family gathered around him at the house on Market Street. Benny becomes a printer and Temple, after a failed attempt at farming, becomes a party staple in Philadelphia. Franklin decides to build new houses and add on to Market Street, expanding the house by a third and adding an extensive library. He is elected the state president of Pennsylvania. The federal constitution needs to be rediscussed and the convention takes place in Philadelphia. Franklin's function at the convention is threefold: 1) he is very comfortable with democracy, unlike some of the other statesmen; 2) he is the most well traveled and worldly of the delegates; and 3) he embodies the spirit...

(read more from the Chapter Sixteen, Chapter Seventeen, and Conclusion Summary)

This section contains 619 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.