The Resource The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house
- The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house
- Statement of responsibility
- Daniel Mark Epstein
- Statesmen -- United States -- Biography.
- Governors -- New Jersey -- Biography.
- American loyalists -- Biography.
- Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
- Franklin, William, 1731-1813.
- Statesmen's children -- United States -- Biography.
- United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
- Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
- Franklin, William, 1731-1813
- Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness even his grandfatherly appearance are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklins biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win Williams release, while his father, to the worlds astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of Americas most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America
- Loyalists (United States history)
- Politicians -- United States
- Family relationships
- Life stories -- People in history
- Adult children of politicians
- Conflict in families
- Life stories -- Politics | Politicians
- History writing -- United States -- Colonial America
- Fathers and sons
- American Revolution, 1775-1783
- United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
- Biography type
- collective biography
- Cataloging source
- Dewey number
- index present
- LC call number
- LC item number
- E59 2017
- Literary form
- non fiction
- Nature of contents
- Target audience
- the war in Ben Franklins house
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