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Ben Franklin was at the heart of the Enlightenment. He drew to him some of the greatest minds of that time, people who remain among the most intriguing in history Americans, Englishmen, and Frenchmen whose ideas continue to shape how we live. Through engaging anecdotes and short histories, Atlantic Cousins includes intimate portraits of Franklin and Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, Voltaire, the Marquis de Condorcet, Georges-Jacques Danton, Camille Desmoulins and their arch-enemy, William Cobbett, an unrelenting monarchist and anglophile. Aside from the colorful personalities, author Jack Fruchtman documents developments from Thomas Paine's smokeless candles to the founding of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia; the debate that led to the Declaration of Independence; the abolitionist movement both in America and abroad; and Paine's Rights of Man. Atlantic Cousins contains numerous illustrations and maps that complement the material, and shows just how Ben Franklin and his circle of friends shaped this unique and remarkable period in history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781560259626
ISBN-10: 1560259620
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 29mm)
Pages: 416
Imprint: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Publish Date: 19-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jack Fruchtman

Jack Fruchtman, Jr., is the author of "Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom," and several books on the Age of Enlightenment. He is a professor of political science at Maryland's Towson University.

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