Benjamin Franklin: Made in America

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Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Huntington University
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Audio Download + Subscription
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Benjamin Franklin: Made in America

Podcast-style audio course -
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Huntington University
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00
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Called the “First American” and credited with “Inventing America,” Benjamin Franklin lived a life that invites hyperbole. Few rival Franklin for his range of accomplishment across a number of domains of human endeavor, and few lived a life of such consequence in one of history’s most consequential eras. In reality, Franklin’s true story eclipses the myths that pervade his legacy.

Benjamin Franklin: Made in America traces the fascinating twists and turns that make this Founding Father’s story so remarkable. In 15 dynamic audio lectures, award-winning American history professor Jeffrey Webb explores Franklin’s career beginning with his post as a young newspaperman and continuing into his leadership roles on the frontiers of cultural, intellectual, political, and scientific developments.

Webb elucidates pivotal moments when Benjamin’s contributions helped determine the fate of the continent: the Albany Congress, the Stamp Act debates, and the Treaty of Paris negotiations. He then explores Franklin’s significant contributions as a transformational statesman and innovator who discovered the lightning rod, became the country’s first successful publisher, and created the public library system.

Perhaps most compelling, Webb shows how Franklin lent his particular genius to cha

Called the “First American” and credited with “Inventing America,” Benjamin Franklin lived a life that invites hyperbole. Few rival Franklin for his range of accomplishment across a number of domains of human endeavor, and few lived a life of such consequence in one of history’s most consequential eras. In reality, Franklin’s true story eclipses the myths that pervade his legacy.

Benjamin Franklin: Made in America traces the fascinating twists and turns that make this Founding Father’s story so remarkable. In 15 dynamic audio lectures, award-winning American history professor Jeffrey Webb explores Franklin’s career beginning with his post as a young newspaperman and continuing into his leadership roles on the frontiers of cultural, intellectual, political, and scientific developments.

Webb elucidates pivotal moments when Benjamin’s contributions helped determine the fate of the continent: the Albany Congress, the Stamp Act debates, and the Treaty of Paris negotiations. He then explores Franklin’s significant contributions as a transformational statesman and innovator who discovered the lightning rod, became the country’s first successful publisher, and created the public library system.

Perhaps most compelling, Webb shows how Franklin lent his particular genius to champion ideas considered radical in his time: free press and free speech, scientific and technological progress, and the gospel of individual self-improvement.

As you travel throughout Franklin’s life with Webb, you’ll witness the making of the modern world.

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Jeffrey B. Webb (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an expert on American history and culture. A professor of history at Huntington University, he is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books, articles, and university-level courses traverse a wide range of fields in American history, including early American politics, twentieth-century environmental history, and history of American religious traditions. Prof. Webb served as the general editor for multi-volume encyclopedias on such diverse topics as American Myths, Legends, and Tall Tales and Conspiracies and Conspiracy Theories in American History. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Christianity and several scholarly articles on the impact of watershed redesign projects in America’s rural communities. Over the course of his twenty-year career of research and teaching, he has written and lectured widely on the subject of colonial American politics and political culture, including presentations at the Beijing Institute of Technology, the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, and numerous colleges and research institutes throughout North America.

Praise for Jeff Webb

“Jeffrey Webb is an excellent scholar, a beloved teacher, and an insightful thinker. In his classroom, Webb expertly weaves together the complicated, contested, messy but oftentimes progressive history of American democracy—delivered thoughtfully and honestly, warts and all. With Webb at the helm of a “The History of America’s Democracy” you can expect a thoughtful analysis of the ideals, advances, and broken promises of America’s past that continue to inform and illuminate the turbulent present.”
– Dr. Kate Elizabeth Brown, Assistant Professor of History, Western Kentucky University

“In his telling of the tale of American democracy, Webb proves himself both a great storyteller and a great historian: his treatment of this subject will fire the imaginations, feed the intellects, and stir the souls of Americans of all ages.”
– Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., Professor of English, Gettysburg College

“Professor Jeffrey B. Webb, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher and researcher in early American religious and environmental history. He is an organized and engaging speaker with an understated sense of humor. Professor Webb’s thorough and thoughtful approach to American history finds subtle patterns and makes important connections. His lecture series, “History of America’s Democracy,” is sure to be informative and thought provoking.”
– Troy R.E. Paddock, Ph.D., Professor of History, Southern Connecticut State University

  • Present at the Creation
  • Puritan Legacies
  • Coming of Age
  • Successful Businessman
  • Domestic Life
  • Scientific Curiosity
  • Civic Improvement
  • Reading the Whigs
  • The Seven Years’ War
  • Colonial Rights
  • Sparking the Revolution
  • Declaration of Independence
  • The American in Paris 
  • Franklin and the New Republic
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Legacy

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