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Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire$
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Carla J. Mulford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199384198

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.001.0001

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“I intended well, and I hope all will end well”

“I intended well, and I hope all will end well”

Franklin’s Last Years

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(p.316) Nine “I intended well, and I hope all will end well”
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Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire
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Carla J. Mulford

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.003.0010

This chapter discusses the last period of Franklin’s life, from his triumphant return to Philadelphia after securing the Treaty of Paris to his last days. The chapter discusses Franklin’s propaganda efforts to gain the respect of British and European allies in the face of negative publicity abroad. It also discusses Franklin’s political roles in settling settlers’ disputes in Pennsylvania and areas of North Carolina and Tennessee being overrun by a group under John Sevier in an effort to create a state called Franklin. Franklin supported the Cherokees in their effort to seek justice from Congress. The chapter also traces Franklin’s views about slavery. In his last year, Franklin became involved with the Pennsylvania Abolition Society and as its president drafted a memorial to Congress favoring gradual emancipation, speaking to the injustice of having a national political ideology of freedom while Africans and African Americans were held in perpetual bondage.

Keywords:   abolitionism, Wyoming Valley, John Sevier, John Franklin, Cherokees, Pennsylvania Abolition Society

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