Journals Higher Education

$100.00

Hardcover

09 August 1990

384 Pages | 12 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195057454


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William Franklin

Son of a Patriot, Servant of a King

Sheila L. Skemp

When Benjamin Franklin flew his kite in a thunderstorm in his famous experiment, his illegitimate son William was his only companion. Together they traveled through the western wilds of Pennsylvania during the French and Indian War, fought in the colony's fractious political battles. But when war came, father and son were split: one acclaimed as a patriot hero, the other a loyalist condemned by his countrymen. In William Franklin, Sheila Skemp tells the story of this fascinating and complex man, a man with a foot in both worlds--he loved both King and country, and saw the interests of both as inextricably intertwined. Skemp traces William's career through the tumult of revolution and exile. Sweeping and authoritative, William Franklin captures some of the great issues and personalities of the Revolutionary era, and the bitterness of a family split between father and son, patriot and loyalist.

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