Benjamin Franklin Contributions

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Kristen Bryan
Government
26 September 2014
Benjamin Franklin
Who was Benjamin Franklin? Probably not quite who we think he was. When you think of Benjamin Franklin you probably think about electricity, or maybe even bifocals. Most people even think of money, considering his face is on the one hundred dollar bill. However, perhaps the most magnificent aspect of Benjamin Franklin was that he is one of our “Founding Fathers,” the only one who put his name to all three of the founding documents of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain, and the Constitution under which we still live. Not only did Franklin live an interesting life, he made many contributions to our political system, which had
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According to _____________,“The road that led the American colonies to unite with one another and break with Great Britain was long and fraught with conflict. In part, the break was the result of the British government’s failure to respect the English traditions of representative government, limited government, and individual rights- all of which had been transplanted to the colonies.” The people had a decision to make. The perks of staying with the British were that they had come a long way with them, Britain was a major trading partner, and Britain was a “Brand Name Association.” But if they went free they were to be their own country with their own set of rules and they could have any kind of government they…show more content…
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