Information To Those Who Would Remove To America

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Information to those who would remove to America By: Benjamin Franklin At a time of hardship and human progression in North America especially in the 1700’s one name specifically shines out amongst all others. That name is Benjamin Franklin; a visionary inventor, politician, and true American hero. In the late 1700’s, precisely 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote an informative essay titled, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America. It was printed out as a pamphlet for people in Europe to clarify the endless rumors about America being the land of dreams and fantasy. He clearly states what’s needed and wanted in America, and what’s not welcomed there. The essay also shows us how American culture is portrayed and what they hold highly as opposed to what Europe sees. There were four main rumors that basically struck a chord within Franklin; to the point where he thought enough is enough, these false accusations must come to an end, this is where this informative essay came into play. 1. ‘Inhabitants of North-America are rich, capable or rewarding, and dispos’d to reward all sorts of Ingenuity; that they are at the same time ignorant of all the Sciences;’ One of the rumors spreading around Europe was that Americans were very rich, wealthy and possessed many materialistic goods; while at the same time they were ignorant. That was false, later on we can see that Franklin mentions that America has nine colleges or universities spread throughout the country, as opposed to England’s four colleges in New England. 2. ‘& consequently that strangers possessing Talents in the Belles-Letters, fine Arts, etc. must be highly esteemed, and so well paid as to become easily rich themselves;’ The second rumor was to acknowledge tha... ... middle of paper ... ...who he is, but what he can do, by also using God as an example and saying that he like a mechanic. We should revere the people who are useful; be it a farmer, blacksmith, carpenter, and so on, because they are the backbone of our societies. A gentleman at the time was a man who did nothing, Franklin didn’t welcome their kind or those associated with them in America. Personally, I think that Benjamin Franklin was more than just an American hero; he was an inspiration in the past, and to this day he still is. After all, it is his face that’s on $100 dollar bill.  References 1. The World of Benjamin Franklin. Online. 29 June 2008. 2. Benjamin Franklin, Online. 29 June 2008. 3. The Electric Ben Franklin. Online. 30 June 2008.

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