Benjamin Franklin

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Submitted By nldrake585
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Benjamin Franklin’s role in shaping the United States is mostly tied to his part in the American Revolution and his experiments with electricity. Mr. Franklin not only helped shaped the country but he also helped shape American literature with such writings such as The Way to Wealth, The Gospel Preacher a Book of Twenty Sermons, a number of different essays, and of course his Autobiography. His Autobiography was more of a self help book than writings about his life. He wanted to stress to his son and other people that what they were is not who they would always be, if they take the proper steps and kept an open mind they could achieve great things. In his Autobiography Franklin stresses the point of self-improvement through education, good health habits, good work ethics, not being argumentative, and practiced frugality among other things. Franklin’s writings influenced writers like Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, and Anthony Robbins. Some writers like Thoreau thought his writings focused only on achieving wealth and never really appreciating the simpler things in life. Though Franklin does stress on the more frivolous things in life at times, he really only wanted for people to learn how to become all around better people.
Franklin believed that education was everything. In order for out country to grow everyone, especially the youth, needed to expand their minds. He stressed education so much to his fellow Americans that he started a learning academy that is now known as The University of Pennsylvania.…...