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Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, And Thomas Jefferson

- Colonies settled by the British were not keen on being ruled by the British from the beginning of the colonization of America. Puritans immigrated to this New World after facing religious discrimination under the British Crown. The New World meant a fresh start for the Puritans. They could set up their own government and free practice their religion. Those who were not Puritan were still likely to share the belief in independence for the mother country and a fresh start However, British rule prevailed providing their own laws and power....   [tags: United States Declaration of Independence]

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Benjamin Franklin was a Political Hero in Sheila Kemp's The Cockpit

- ... Kemp states,”Franklin lived in a place where social status was everything, yet was not always guaranteed. Colonists sized one another up each and everyday.” (Kemp, 26-27) Franklin was no ignorant partisan in this circumstance, he knew fare well the differences between the colonies and the heart of the empire. In England, hereditary power was far more important than what Benjamin Franklin was used to. According to Kemp, Franklin saw the Colonies as an extension of equals that deserved the same rights as the british in the mother country....   [tags: reconciliation, tea party, parliament]

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby and The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

- One of the greatest classic novels in American history, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, lends itself to be an indispensible literary work that reinforces and challenges the core values and ideals that Benjamin Franklin expresses in his Autobiography. In the provided passage, the young Franklin arrives in Philadelphia in hopes of becoming a new self-made man and begins his journey with little money and few resources much like Gatsby. After arriving by boat, he tries to pay the people of the boat for his voyage but his payment is initially refused because he rowed the boat in order to get to Philadelphia....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Two Sides of Marriage in the Wedlock by Benjamin Franklin

- Being married can be the highlight of some people’s lives, and it can be a very regrettable experience to others. For most people, being married means one of two things: either being stuck with one person for the rest of ones life, or getting to be with only one person for the rest of ones life. In Benjamin Franklin’s poem “Wedlock” he expresses the idea while one is married, to have pleasure with, to make the best of ones wife and not stab her in the back because most men only get one wife in a lifetime....   [tags: marriage, consequential, persepctive]

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Benjamin Franklin´s Involvement in the English Empire

- ... Franklin says “The same on foreign wines; a duty not only on tea but on all east India goods might perhaps not be amiss, as they are largely rather luxuries than necessities”. Basically Franklin does not have a problem with these Acts because first, he considers himself as a British and second, he believes that the British government will do nothing to hurt his people. On the other hand, the Stamp Act has a different and a direct effect on the colonies. The objective of the act is to tax legal documents, almanacs, newspapers, playing cards, and nearly every form of paper used in the colonies....   [tags: act, plan, stamp, reconciliation]

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Essay Comparing Benjamin Franklin and Jonathan Edwards

- Different literature writers have many different views about mankind. Many American writers discuss these views. More out spoken American writers spend a great amount of time talking about this topic. In this paper we will look at Benjamin Franklin’s and Jonathan Edwards’ views of mankind by looking at personal background, religious views, and evidence in their writings. Benjamin Franklin’s father, a candle maker, wanted to give one of his sons as a tithe. He chose Franklin, his tenth son. He sent him off to be educated as a clergyman....   [tags: views about mankind]

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Historical And Contemporary Figures Of Benjamin Franklin And Ivy Lee

- Public relations have been a prominent aspect of society for millennia, dating back to 50 B.C. with Julius Caesar and referred by the Ancient Greeks as “semantikos”, which is the practice of persuading people into a belief or action (Witman, 2000). Public relations is still been influenced by the contributions of key historical and contemporary figures including Benjamin Franklin and Ivy Lee. In the early years of 50 B.C., the idea of persuading people to vote for a particular person was conceived....   [tags: Public relations, Propaganda, Edward Bernays]

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Benjamin Franklin 's The Fight For American Independence

- We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” ― Benjamin Franklin. An essential player in the fight for American Independence, Benjamin Franklin 's play on words truly illustrates the nature of the American Revolution. After all, every man involved in the framing of the Declaration of Independence was committing one of the highest crimes in existence: treason against the King. Through their subversive actions, the Patriots started a conflict with Britain that was, in a way, do or die....   [tags: United States]

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Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau's Religions

- Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau's Religions Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau are by no means religious in any traditional sense of the word. If, however, “religious” is taken to mean the “belief in any sort of supreme being...that obliges ethical or moral conduct”, then both Franklin and Thoreau fall into this category. Though the two are strikingly opposite in their manner and social interaction, they are both held to a religious and personal standard. Their individual spiritual beliefs, ethical codes, and their “quality of life”show that all of their actions and thoughts are held by themselves to a higher standard....   [tags: Franklin thoreau Reliigous Essays]

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Biography on Benjamin Franklin

- On January 17, 1706, in Boston, Benjamin Franklin was born into this world. Josiah Franklin, his father, was a soap maker that had ten sons. Abiah Folger, Ben’s mother, was the second wife of Josiah. Benjamin had 17 siblings in all. When Ben was young he loved to read, so he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer. As a 12-year-old Benjamin would sell their products in the street, after helping James compose pamphlets and set type. When Benjamin was fifteen his brother started the New England Courant....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Benjamin Franklin Story

- The Benjamin Franklin Story In my opinion Ben Franklin was the most influential of the founding fathers. He did a lot more than just help found our nation though. He was also a scientist, diplomat, businessman, and philosopher. I can't think of any person who is more quoted than he is, and he lived 200 years ago. Benjamin Franklin, born January 17, 1706, was the 10th son of 17 children. He was born and grew up in Boston. Even though he was considered by most to be extremely intelligent, he only attended grammar school for 2 years....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Franklin the Inventor

- Benjamin Franklin the Inventor Benjamin Franklin is recognized as one of the greatest Americans ever. He contributed to the advancement of our country in many different ways. Since Franklin was a statesman, journalist, diplomat, inventor, and philosopher he was always in the middle of everything of importance. It is arguable which of these appositives best describes him. One thing that can not be disputed is that he is the greatest inventor ever. To be forty-two in Franklin’s time was to be well beyond middle age....   [tags: Papers]

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The Old South Meeting House

- The Old South Meeting House in Boston, MA The Old South Meeting House in Boston is a brick building that hosted several crucial meetings during the American Revolutionary War. The meetings include the famous Boston Tea Party meetings. The attractions in this building include books on the history of Boston and an array of New England products. The house is part of the Boston walking tours. The USS Constitution near Boston, MA USS Constitution is a colonial era naval vessel that is docked at Charlestown, Massachusetts....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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The Quest to Moral Perfection

- Morality: it is a term that is questioned at every corner of every day. The moral idea ranges from something small such as helping an old women cross the street, to the extreme such as the recent actions taken by politicians to limit public union rights in Wisconsin. Dictating the difference between right and wrong has been an issue that dates to the times before Christ, where the idea of moral perfection was used to determine one’s right of passage into heaven. It was not until Benjamin Franklin, who published a guide within of his autobiography, describing thirteen steps to achieving moral perfection....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin]

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What Did Ben Franklin Do And Why Did He Do It?

- 1. In your own words, what did Ben Franklin do and why did he do it. Provide adequate detail to demonstrate your understanding of his plan of action. Benjamin Franklin created a system of 13 virtues that if you went without fault in any of these areas you’ve reached moral perfection. He didn’t think he himself would be guilty in committing error in these areas but he conducted a trial on himself and found that he had fault in several areas. He then took the method of clearing one virtue a week for 13 to weeks to reach his goal of complete behavior modification....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Operant conditioning]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin, was an American printer, diplomat, scientist and philosopher who made many contributions to the American Revolution and the newly form Federal Government that followed. Today, he is recognized as one of America’s greatest inventors. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston. His father, Josiah Franklin, a tallow chandler by trade, had 17 children; Benjamin was the 15th child and the 10th son. The Franklin family was very frugal in their spending and modest in their conduct, like most New Englanders at the time....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street in Boston on January 17th, 1706. His father was Josiah Franklin, a candle and soap maker. His mother was Abiah Folger and she was Josiah's second wife. Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son of 17 children. Benjamin attended Boston Latin School for two years but did not graduate because of lack of money; however he continued his education by reading great quantities. His parents wanted him to go into the church, however at age 10 his schooling ended and he worked for his father until he was 12, when he became an apprentice printer for his brother James....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin (An A+ Essays Original Paper, written by WeirdHTML) Benjamin Franklin was one of the first and most famous scientists in America. He was a man of many talents and interests. Franklin was always curios about they way things work, and he always tried to find ways to make them work better. Even though he started out as a published, he was always interested in science. However this interest soon became a passion to Franklin. He even retired from his publishing business to work in a laboratory with his mostly homemade equipment....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin He was never a president of the United States, nor did he lead any army in a battle. He had no talent in public speaking, preferring to write out his thoughts on paper and for them to be read aloud by others. Yet in his day he was certainly one of the most well known celebrities, beloved in both the United States and through most of Europe. He is Benjamin Franklin, and he has become a symbol of American civilization. Benjamin Franklin was the youngest of ten sons of a Boston soap and candle maker, had little formal schooling, and was trained in adolescence as a printer's apprentice....   [tags: Biography]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was an American printer and publisher, author, inventor, scientist, and who was a diplomat born on January 17th 1706 and died in Philadelphia on April 17th 1790. Franklin was one of ten sons of seventeen children of a man by the name of Josiah who was a soap and candle maker and mother by the name of Abiah, a discrete and virtuous woman (Van Doren 7). Ben was raised in a Puritan heritage household which they had left to avoid England's Restoration Era of 1683....   [tags: Biography Biographies Bio]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the tenth born into a large family whose father was a soap and candle maker. Although he received some formal education, he was principally self-taught. He managed to teach himself simple algebra and geometry, logic, navigation, history, science, English grammar and five other languages. After being an apprentice to his father between the ages of ten and twelve, he went to work for his half brother, James, who was a printer....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- The phrase &#8220;true American'; does not have a definition, although the word &#8220;American'; does. The definition of American is &#8220;belonging to or characteristic of America.'; It is hard to relate Benjamin Franklin to this definition of an American, but it does apply to many of his characteristics. Franklin&#8217;s loyalty to America shows greatly throughout his life in his writings and jobs. Franklin&#8217;s many jobs included being an inventor, politician, author, statesman, philosopher, soldier, scientist, citizen, and a printer....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin It is also to understand what it took for Franklin to be such a famous and respectable man. When one takes a look at the world in which he currently lives, he sees it as being normal since it is so slow in changing. When an historian looks at the present, he sees the effects of many events and many wise people. Benjamin Franklin is one of these people. His participation in so many different fields changed the world immensely. He was a noted politician as well as respected scholar....   [tags: History]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Who was Benjamin Franklin. Probably not quite who we think he was. Yes, he was one of the "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. He may have become famous for his many sayings in praise of being industrious and frugal in one’s calling, but he left his own calling as a printer and retired from business at the age of forty-two to become what he spoke crudely of for years, a gentleman....   [tags: Biography]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." Having followed his own words of wisdom, Benjamin Franklin made an everlasting mark on America since his early days as a printing apprentice. Born to Josiah and Abiah Franklin on January 17, 1706 in Boston, New England (now known as Massachusetts), Benjamin Franklin was the youngest son of seventeen children. Early on, Franklin excelled in grammar school and was good when it came to writing, so his father sent him to a writing and arithmetic school....   [tags: Biographies Printing Apprentices Essays]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin: New World Physicist Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston Massachusetts. He was one of seventeen other brothers and sisters. His father, Josiah Franklin, who emigrated from Oxfordshire, England, worked as a soap boiler and tallow chandler. Benjamin&#8217;s mother, Abiah Folger, was from Nantucket but her family derived from England as well. Benjamin Franklin&#8217;s entire life, which lasted almost the entire eighteenth century, was based upon order and systematic discipline in addition to his dependence on wisdom and intelligence....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin Who was he. In reading the Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography one can see the true character of a great man. But some may argue that this man, deep down inside, was not so great. Through out his book he touches on many aspects of his life. He lets the readers have a glimpse at what he was thinking and why he did things the way he did. Some critics do not agree that Franklin was such a noble man. They thought he might not have been telling his whole story, and that he was hiding a lot he had to offer....   [tags: essays papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin, one of the most important Americans in history, did scientific work before 1790. He had a large impact on America as well as the rest of the world. Europe played a big part of his career because the influences he felt from Europe help him develop and work in science. Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston in 1706 into a family of ten children and to a soap and candle maker. Although Ben had some formal education, he was primarily self-taught. At the age of ten, he served an apprenticeship for his father before going on to serve as an apprentice for the New England Courant....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin took pride in almost every aspect of his life. There are many instances in which one could call him a vain man. Franklin writes to Ezra Stiles and speaks of his portrait being hung at Yale. Franklin complains that the portraits he has of himself do his stunning features no justice, and are certainly not worthy to be hung at Yale. He suggests that a new portrait be painted. Franklin clearly has issues as to how he will be remembered, and also how obsessed the man is with his looks....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin-Scientist and Inventor Benjamin Franklin has influenced American technology, and indirectly, lifestyles by using his proficiencies and intelligence to conduct numerous experiments, arrive at theories, and produce several inventions. Franklin's scientific and analytical mind enabled him to generate many long lasting achievements which contributed to the development and refinement of modern technology. Few national heroes, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, played a more significant role in shaping the American way of life than Franklin....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin believed that by watching and studying one’s own behavior, that person would be able to improve themselves by knowing their like and dislikes, wants and needs, etc. I agree with Franklin’s theory and think that this is one of the few things in life that a person has control over in order to change their overall being. For the best or worst knowing yourself makes it easier to decide things for yourself and gets a person to become, in a way, one with themselves. Analyzing one’s own behavior is very beneficial if the person is strong or willing enough to not only realize their good qualities but also recognize the bad things about themselves....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Benjamin Franklin

- benjamin franklin Ben Franklin was one of the most amazing men history has recorded. Throughout his lifetime he continued to increase his already genius-level intelligence. He had a high quality of life, was a popular political figure, and he strongly believed in his thoughts, beliefs, and ideas. While he wasn’t perfect, that was what he struggled to attain. Ben’s achievements are very numerous. Apart from being a genius after only 2 years of schooling, his other achievements show that he was an overachiever....   [tags: Biography Biographies]

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Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

- In Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, Samuel Keimer is a character who represents the antithesis of Franklin. The development of Keimer not only improves the reader’s understanding of the minor character, but also of Franklin, the major character. Franklin makes a point of showing the reader each of Keimer’s faults and contrasting them with his own merits.When Keimer is first introduced to the reader, he is in very much the same circumstances as Franklin; they are two young men trying to make a fresh start in a new town, the only difference being Keimer’s economic, and thereby social, advantage....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Contribution of Benjamin Franklin to The American Revolution

- Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential men of the eighteenth century. He was the only man to sign all of these four major documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Constitution of the United States, and the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain. Franklin was an inventor, a philosopher, a writer, a musician, and he actively participated in many congressional articles used by the government of the United States of America. His tombstone, however, simply referred to him as "printer", reflecting his great humility....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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Benjamin Franklin, the Father of Foreign Diplomacy

- Some people will argue that the true birth of United States of America started with George Washington leading the Continental Army against Great Britain's royal army in pursuit of freedom from foreign dictatorship; seizing the opportunity to create and control their own government in the manner in which they sought fit. One of the major forces in this battle for freedom was the diplomatic travels of Benjamin Franklin. His travels to England and France set the foundation for the dealings in foreign diplomacy that are still in effect today....   [tags: American History]

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Benjamin Franklin More Than a Revolutionary

- Benjamin Franklin More Than a Revolutionary Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the fifteenth child out of seventeen and was the tenth son. He went to business school from age eight to ten. Then he went to work for his father as a soap maker. He didn’t enjoy it, and went to work for his brother as a printing press instead. Benjamin had many other careers in his life he was a printer, author, diplomat, philosopher, inventor and a scientist. Benjamin had many inventions that improved our live such as the first library, the Franklin stove, and the first volunteer fire fighter company....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Franklin, His Talents and Shortcomings

- Benjamin Franklin, through hard work and perseverance, transformed himself into a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, writer, and scientist. (SOURCE) Franklin’s contributions and ideas significantly encouraged major progress in the development our country and improvements that continue to affect society. He showed that with a strong desire and honest and hard work anything is possible. Unlike most politicians, he was a common person. He is also a hero in that he symbolizes hope and possibilities for many Americans....   [tags: Pro-Con Essays]

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Why I admire Benjamin Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin completed many accomplishments from childhood to adulthood. When he was just 22 he established his first printing business with a partner, Hugh Meredith. Benjamin soon bought out Hugh Meredith's share. In 1732, when Franklin was only 26 he published the first edition of 'Poor Richards Almanack,' the book shows evidence that it was successful for 25 years. 'Poor Richards Almanack' allowed Franklin to retire from business a rich man in 1748. In 1741 Benjamin Franklin invented the Franklin Stove....   [tags: Leaders American History]

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Ben Franklin : The Universal Model For Everyone Is Not So Clear

- There is no denying that Ben Franklin made his mark on the world and achieved more than most people dream of. Whether his model should be the universal model for everyone is not so clear. Ben Franklin was a man who planned for the future, worked hard, and cared greatly about what people thought of him. The problem with Ben Franklin is that he cared so much about what other people thought of him and would do anything to change the way other saw him so much so that his life is almost dictated by the views of others....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Virtue, American Enlightenment]

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Analysis Of Ben Franklin 's ' The Great Gatsby '

- Ben Franklin is one of the most popular figures in all of history. Of all of his accomplishments, one that stands out was the role of the author that he played as he wrote and published Poor Richard’s Almanac. Knowing of Ben Franklin’s accomplishments makes it no surprise that he would be an author, but the wisdom that abounds in this book is remarkable. There are so many one-liners, followed by, “as Poor Richard says.”, that carry a deep sense of knowledge and truth that made it no surprise that Franklin wrote the book....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack]

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Personal Freedom and Independence: The Works of Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau

- Personal Freedom and Independence in the Works of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Thoreau It is an undisputable fact that the contribution of such prominent philosophers, writers, political and social activists as Benjamin Franklin and Henry David Thoreau in developing American statehood is tremendous. The literary works of both men can serve as a manifesto of national and personal liberation, a call for building a better society, where each citizen can live and work freely. Indeed, both Henry Thoreau and Benjamin Franklin emphasize the independence and freedom of an individual, but they do so in significantly different ways....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Analysis Of Benjamin Franklin 's Remarks Concerning The Savages Of North America

- Benjamin Franklin; “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” Benjamin Franklin wrote “In Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America”, because he made observations and describes it in this essay the difference between the society of White English America and Native Americans. Furthermore, he needed people to understand that those supposed savages are different from us and that is acceptable. In every culture, whether White English America, or Native Americans, we all have some practices of disrespect and courtesy....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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Theu.s. Benjamin Franklin : An Appeal For The Christian Women Of The South, And Lincoln 's New

- Throughout the history of the United States, the idea that everyone should be free to follow his or her dreams without any obstacle has remained a common theme. America became the Land of Opportunity because it allowed every citizen and every immigrant the chance to chase their dreams and gave them the freedom to make those dreams come true. Freedom is one of the most important American ideals and in almost every period in the history of the United States people argue that someone is lacking the freedom and the opportunities they deserve....   [tags: United States Constitution, United States]

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Benjamin Franklin Believed Moderation: Most Important Virtue of Life

- ... Many people believe that suicide victims are infested with lies and don’t take caution to suicidal individuals. The National Institute of Mental Health have aware the citizens of United States in 2010 by warning “Most suicide attempts are expressions of extreme distress, not harmless bids for attention. A person who appears suicidal should not be left alone and needs immediate mental-health treatment. Studies showed that a type of psychotherapy called cognitive therapy reduced the rate of repeated suicide attempts by 50 percent during a year of follow-up6.” In our nation, many suicidal citizens are constantly trying to be accepted into modern society, this loses moderation and the inspir...   [tags: virtue, ethics, mental health]

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Differences in Perception Illustrated in Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America by Benjamin Franklin

- Essay #1 When reading Benjamin Franklin’s essay “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America,” it was interesting to see the similarities and differences of perceptions between the Indians and the white English in America. Franklin takes an outside look on the perceptions of the Indians by analyzing various observations he’s made or witnessed and comparing them to the norms of the white English society. Clearly the two are very different in their cultural beliefs, and this essay helps bring these differences to light while making the point that Indians are anything but “savages.” One must take into account what life was like when this essay was written in 1784....   [tags: culture, government, education]

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Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez : A Hero Of His Inner Circle Of Teammates

- Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez was a young Latino who had a passionate love for baseball. He was like any normal kid in the neighborhood apart from his strikingly athletic good looks, strong natural leadership and obsession with baseball. “Benny”, as his closest friends would call him, was a true hero to his inner circle of teammates. Especially to Scotty Smalls, as it was Benny who saved Scotty from a life sentence by retrieving his step father’s prized Babe Ruth autographed baseball from the jaws of the notorious junkyard “Beast” and making himself a neighborhood legend....   [tags: Baseball, Major League Baseball, Babe Ruth]

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The Stamp Act Threatened Every, Free Colonist, By Benjamin Franklin And Samuel Adams

- Key figures, such as Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams, rose up to the challenge and defended the American colonies [8]. The Stamp Act threatened every “free colonist”[1], taxing papers that were essential to every part of the social hierarchy in America, and the American reaction ranged from “boycotts of British goods to riots and attacks on the tax collectors”[5]. Because of Britain’s perspective of the colonies only as “cash cow” for the benefit of the British empire, Americans began questioning the British rule over them....   [tags: American Revolution, Townshend Acts]

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Biography Of Benjamin Franklin, The Founding Fathers Of The United States Of America

- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, once said that, “without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” The past provides insight and knowledge from cultural factors to intellectual factors in the field of natural science. My cultural background is very fortunate as it is very diverse. I like to consider myself the Half-Blood Prince from the Harry Potter series. Instead of half-witch and half muggle, though, I am half Vietnamese and half Montenegrin....   [tags: Human rights]

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Ben Franklin Biography

- Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 17, 1706. He was one of the seventeen children of Josiah Franklin, a soap maker. Josiah’s second wife, Abiah Folger mothered young Benjamin. As a child, Benjamin loved to read and at twelve years of age was apprenticed to his older brother, James, who was a printmaker. The family decided this would be best for young Benjamin after his father could only afford one year of studies in clergy for his son. James soon after started The New England Courant, the first newspaper in Boston to include opinionated articles written by James’s friends....   [tags: Benjamin Franklin Biography]

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The Man Who Will Always Be Remembered

- The Man Who Will Always Be Remembered The man who changed America and the way everyone thought about electricity. Benjamin Franklin was an engaged and industrious child, a scientist who conducted many experiments, and a remarkable statesman who was instrumental during the American Revolution. Franklin was too poor to go to formal schooling, became interested in the study of electricity, and started his journey by being elected as one of Pennsylvania’s delegates. Before Franklin was a great man, it all started with his child hood....   [tags: biography, benjamin franklin]

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The Making of a Patriot, by Sheila L. Skemp

- Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers to the United States, was not a patriot but a mere loyalist to England before the dissolution between England and the colonies occurred. Sheila L. Skemp's The Making of a Patriot explores how Benjamin Franklin tried to stay loyal to the crown while taking interest in the colonies perception and their own representation in Parliament. While Ms. Skemp alludes to Franklin's loyalty, her main illustration is how the attack by Alexander Wedderburn during the Privy Council led to Franklin's disillusionment with the British crown and the greater interest in making the Thirteen Colonies their own nation....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Benjamin Franklin]

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The Invention of Different Types of Glasses: Bifocals

- The invention of the bifocals was one of the most important inventions of the 1700s. They have changed the lives of both children and adults that have issues with their eyesight. They rid people of eyestrain and headaches. Also, bifocals rid people of the inconvenience caused by having to shift from one pair of glasses to the other. Bifocals also allowed for more types of glasses to be developed. As Benjamin Franklin grew older, his vision worsened. He became both far-sighted and near-sighted and the constant switching of his glasses frustrated him so much that he decided to solve this problem....   [tags: benjamin franklin, invention, eyesight]

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Ralph Emerson And His Views On American Freedom

- America has always viewed itself as a land of opportunity, a place to be free to do what one pleases and a location full of resources to make one’s life their own through effort. Benjamin Franklin is among the men most remember when thinking of the potential for greatness in America no matter where one starts, as his “Autobiography” describe his rise from a worker to a herald of a nation, through his own hard work. Thomas Paine also contributed to the views of American Freedom with his publication of “Common Sense,” as he drove the common people to rise for freedom and independence....   [tags: American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin]

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The Bastard By John Jakes

- In his novel The Bastard, John Jakes tells the story of a young Frenchman named Phillipe Charboneau- the illegitimate son of the Duke of Kentland. Upon the death of the Duke, Phillipe is entitled to receive half of his estate, sharing it with the Duke’s legitimate son, Roger. When the Duke passes, Phillipe is denied his birthright by his father’s wife, Lady Jane Amberly. He is chased out of England and forced to go to London. While in London, it becomes apparent that he and his mother cannot stay for too long as it is not safe....   [tags: American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin]

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Benjamin Franklin: Americas Model for Servant Leadership

- Benjamin Franklin: Americas Model for Servant Leadership In Benjamin Franklin's civic pride and his projects for the improvement of Philadelphia, we see another aspect of the philosophy of doing good. At the same time we may recognize the zeal for reform that has long been a characteristic of American life. In his attention to the details of daily living, Franklin shows himself as the observant empiricist. As the successful engineer of ways to make the city he loved cleaner, safer and more attractive he continually sponsored new institutions that were proof that the applications of reason to experience were fruitful in the real world....   [tags: American History]

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Benjamin Franklin: An Inspirational Self-Made Man

- Benjamin Franklin is one of the most influential and famous figures of all time. Ben Franklin if often referred to as the "self-made man," and his philosophies and principles in the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, edited by Louis P. Masur, has served as a self-help book for millions around the world. Franklin's Autobiography is a prime example of the American dream, a rag to riches story that has inspired many people to think of themselves and the community in a different light. Franklin's moral and social philosophies are packed deeply into his Autobiography....   [tags: American History Biography Biographies Bio]

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Two Different Perspectives of Life Experiences with Indians

- Mary Rowlandson’s “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” and Benjamin Franklin’s “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America” are two different perspectives based on unique experiences the narrators had with “savages.” Benjamin Franklin’s “Remarks Concerning the Savages…” is a comparison between the ways of the Indians and the ways of the Englishmen along with Franklin’s reason why the Indians should not be defined as savages. “A Narrative of the Captivity…” is a written test of faith about a brutally traumatic experience that a woman faced alone while being held captive by Indians....   [tags: God, benjamin franklin, mary rowlandson]

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A Life Free Of Sin Or Avarice

- The idea that you can lead a life free of sin or avarice is a noble ideal, but it is not an easy path for one to undertake without consideration. You must weigh the good deeds you could potentially accomplish against the level of personal sacrifice you will most likely endure during your lifetime. You must ensure that you lead by example as you navigate the path in which your life takes while serving humankind. You get the sense while reading Mr. Franklin’s essay that he put a good deal of thought into what is the best way to approach his quest for living a moral life....   [tags: Virtue, Benjamin Franklin, Ethics, Morality]

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John Huntly And Memoirs Of A Sleep Walker

- In August of 1799, Charles Brockden Brown published his fourth novel, Edgar Huntly Or, memoirs of a Sleep-Walker. Brown’s American Gothic novel follows the narrator, later named Edgar Huntly, as he labors to find the mysterious murderer of his beloved friend, Waldgrave. Throughout the novel, Brown begins to challenge the status quo of “Classism.” In her 2011 book Using Critical Theory: How to Read and Write About Literature, Lois Tyson defines classism as the “belief that our value as human beings is directly related to the social class to which we belong: The higher our social class, the higher our natural, or inborn superiority” (112)....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Benjamin Franklin]

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The Struggle Of Indentured Servants

- The Struggle of an Indentured Servant The experiences that Richard Frethorne endured were in a lot of ways similar to those of James Revel. Both suffered from sickness and disease, lack of resources such as clothes and shelter, and most unfortunately limited access to food. The big distinction between these two, however, is that Frethorne was shipped to the New World on his own accord in hopes of a free and better life. While Revel was forcibly shipped as a felon, sent in punishment to serve his sentence in slavery....   [tags: Slavery, Indentured servant, Benjamin Franklin]

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Science Fiction Influenced Teachings of Enlightenment thinkers, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and Nicolas de Condorcet

- ... Aside from believing these things Paine chose to explain why he didn’t believe the traditional Christian beliefs. It was why he chose not to believe that was influenced by the need-for-proof and experimentation of the Scientific Revolution. An example of this is when Paine gives the accounts of the doctrine and texts of different religions and why he chooses not to believe them. In response to the story of how the Koran was acquired by man, he says, “I did not see the angel myself, and, therefore, I have a right not to believe it” (CP 67)....   [tags: logic, religion, experimentation]

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Ben Franklin

- Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential people in American history. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706, in a small town in Boston. Benjamin was one of ten children. His father, Josiah was a candle and soap maker, and his mother Abiah Folger was a homemaker. When Benjamin was only twelve years old he signed his identures so that he could apprentice under his brother, working at a printing press. Here he worked for his brother James for over nine years. Benjamin had enormous talent, and after his apprenticeship was up, he got a job printing for the Boston Gazette....   [tags: Biography Biographies Benjamin Franklin Essays]

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Three Great Men that Embodied the American Dream

- The American dream is based upon the drive to become successful in life. It is a social ideal that having both freedom and liberty will include opportunity for prosperity and success in America. America is the land of opportunity. We are the home of freedom and liberty. Any man, immigrant or native born, all want the same thing. That is to make money. The reason why I put so much emphasis on man is that during this period in America and when the American dream was the most emphasized was during the industrialization period....   [tags: Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Benjamin Franklin]

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John Adams, By David Mccullough

-    John Adams, by David McCullough, tells the life story of the second president of the United States of America, from his Puritan ancestors first setting foot in New England, to his eventual death in 1826.  David McCullough has been called “one of America’s greatest living writers”, by the Washington Post, and “the citizen chronicler”, by Librarian of Congress, James Billington.  He has written many other books on a variety of different historical subjects and figures including, but not limited to, the Wright brothers, the Johnstown flood, and Harry S....   [tags: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin]

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The Downfall of Man Power

- The need to be powerful has plagued many in history. Once the taste have been had, the drive to continue for more power cannot be stopped. Power twisted and shaped the designs of those who sought it out. Many had risen with their new found power and then fell quickly once it collapsed in on them. General Benjamin Franklin Butler is just one of the many who had lost their power by clawing their way to get more. The continued orders that he placed during his time as military commander in New Orleans eventually led to his downfall....   [tags: general butler, benjamin franklin, new orleans]

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The Rebellion Of Paxton Boys

- Unfortunately, the Pontiac Rebellion aggravated the brutal reaction of the “Paxton Boys” in the same year which led to the “Paxton Riots of 1763”. Paxton was a small frontier town in Pennsylvania, inhabited by mostly by Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The town was known for political unrest during the Pontiac Rebellion and how it suffered many casualties in the French and Indian War. The frontiers have always wanted to defend themselves from incessant raids from the local Indians and political unrest during the Pontiac Rebellion of that same year; but disappointingly, their request for soldiers and guns was never taken seriously by the state legislators....   [tags: Thomas Jefferson, United States, Benjamin Franklin]

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The American Revolution

- To this day, the American Revolution stands out as a pivotal moment in the emergence of the United States of America. The eighteen year struggle between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies exemplified the power of will through the defeat of the strongest military force of the time. The American Revolution is often deducted down into the fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness or property. Yes, these Lockean philosophies played a crucial part in the revolution but they were not the sole motive in pursuing independence....   [tags: American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin]

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Advice to Laertes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare versus Advice to a Young Man by Benjamin Franklin

- Advice to Laertes from Hamlet by William Shakespeare versus Advice to a Young Man by Benjamin Franklin "I told you so!" This is what my mom would say after giving me advice, and me not taking her advice. It was so eerie how my mom was always right, like she knew exactly was going to happen. I'm sure that everyone has gotten advice at least once in their lifetime, especially from their parents. Elders usually know what's best for you because they've been through it all themselves at one time in their lives....   [tags: Papers]

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Benjamin Bancroft- The Double Agent

- Events leading up to the American Revolutionary War played a key role in what one would define as double agent operations. What is a double agent. The Merriam-Webster describes a double agent as serving one government while in reality the agent is spying for another government. One such double agent was Dr. Edward Bancroft. Researchers have played the epic game of tug of war with the idea that Edward Bancroft was a double agent spying for both, the Great Britain and the United States of America....   [tags: American Revolutionary War, American History]

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The Autobiography of Ben Franklin

- Benjamin Franklin was an exceptional intellectual and gifted personality. He went from being a poor uneducated young boy into a very intelligent and wealthy man. This was through his self improvement and determination in life. Franklin was a diplomat, printer, scientist, political philosopher and a writer. Throughout Franklin’s life, he worked on his self improvement so that others would learn from it. He improved his characters by writing the thirteen virtues which helped him. Benjamin Franklin was a genuine and a compassionate man who wanted to help others people....   [tags: american history, philadelphia]

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Benjamin Butler During The Civil War

- Gaurav Solanki Dr. Marc Dluger History 121 – Civil War Paper December 9, 2015 Benjamin Butler during the Civil War Era Benjamin Franklin Butler was born on November 5, 1818, at Deerfield, in southeastern New Hampshire, almost seventy miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. He was the newest of John Butler and Charlotte Ellison Butler 's three children. Butler 's father served as a chief of dragoons during the early part of the War of 1812 before grieving a stark leg injury that ended his army occupation....   [tags: American Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant]

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Bejamin Franklin -- A Life Of A Great Man

- Benjamin Franklin During the period after America's "birth" there were many incredible people but none more so than Benjamin Franklin. Ben is considered one of America's greatest citizens. He accomplished many things in his lifetime; he was a scientist, an inventor, a politician, a printer, a philosopher, a musician, and an economist. In the 1700s, a scientist was someone who thought about the way things work and tried to figure out ways to make things work better. Every time Ben Franklin saw a question and tried to answer it, he was a scientist....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Two Sides of a Coin in Colonial America

- Picture it, freedom reigning in the hearts of citizens of a new nation, America. A new world has opened up to the people with new freedoms. They all have clean slates, both body and mind. For the Americans, English and Natives alike, come new opportunities and struggles. As in all cultures there are two sides of the metaphorical coin, in this case an Englishmen by the name of Benjamin Franklin and a Native American named Samsom Occum and the lives they lived with their individual similarities and differences....   [tags: benjamin frankliin, samsom occum, freedom]

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Franklin Pierce

- Franklin Pierce I did my essay on Franklin Pierce, because of all he had to go to through before, during, and after his time as President. During his life he had a great deal of trouble. He had three children of which each died during their childhood. He became the fourteenth president at the age of forty-nine years old and served for one term till he was fifty-three yeas old. While he was president he passed the Kansas-Nebraska Act that allowed a large part of Nebraska to be come its own state....   [tags: president, Kansas-Nebraska Act, United States]

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Did Franklin And Debt Of The American Regeneration?

- Did Franklin Include Unemployment and Debt in American Regeneration. In “The Way to Wealth” Benjamin Franklin writes, “We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly” trying to prove a point that frequently people are being taxed an outrageous amount and are taxing themselves extra by actions like spending excessive amounts of money (Franklin 237). Throughout Franklin’s “The Way to Wealth,” he explains how an American economy should work and maintain a stabilized economy for themselves....   [tags: Unemployment, Economics, Economy]

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Franklin D Roosevelt: The Constitutional Convention

- ... The Constitution is the framework of the nation; that's why its creation is the most important event. It still stands today, after over 200 years of existence, which is a huge number compared to the global average of only 17 years for country constitutions. (Part of the credit for this goes to the inclusion of the elastic clause, which gives Congress a blank check of sorts in regards to the laws they are allowed to pass, giving room for adjustment as circumstances in the country change over time....   [tags: articles of confederation, philadelphia]

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Franklin

- Franklin “The life that Franklin depicts is more than a success story. It is a story of nothing but success. What makes Franklin’s success great is that he does nothing compulsively, irrationally, or out of weakness, but appears to be governed by reason, moderation, and virtue. With his strong sense of identity he seems singularly immune to the workings of the conflict-torn inner self that Yeats called the “Foul rag-and-bone shop of the heart,” his existence untroubled by stretches of ennui and waste....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Franklin And Jefferson's Impact on America

- Benjamin Franklin's participation in so many different areas of life changed our world greatly. He was a politician, a scholar, an inventor, and a scientist. He also was a man who indulged in pranks, had chauvinist attitudes toward women and was found to be nasty at times. Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706. Although Franklin started off believing in slavery and having many slaves himself, his beliefs changed after visiting an African American school. He saw that the children were equally as smart as white children....   [tags: American History]

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Franklin Pierce: The 14th President of the United States

- Franklin Pierce was born to Benjamin and Anna Kandrick Pierce on November 23, 1804. Pierce was described as a blue eyed, curly headed child with “a sweet expression of face” (Harmon, Israel 2). Most Americans still agree today that he was America’s most handsome president. This led him to receive the nickname “Handsome Frank.” Franklin Pierce was only five feet tall. He was not expected to have a long life span due to a lung disease he carried. He was one of nine children in his family. At the age of twelve, Pierce’s parents decided to enroll him at an academy in New Hampshire, fifteen miles from his hometown of Hillsborough....   [tags: US history, the forgotten president]

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Franklin: Puritan or Enlightenment?

- Is Franklin a Puritan or Enlightenment Thinker About Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin came from a very simple Calvinist background. Ha dad little formal education, but he made it through his own efforts and became a rare genius in human history. Everything seems to meet in this one man, mind and will, talent and art, strength and ease, wit and grace and he became almost everything: a printer, essayist, scientist, statesman, philosopher, political economist, ambassador, etc.-¡°Jack of all trades¡±....   [tags: American History]

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