Even after retiring from politics altogether

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Even after retiring from politics altogether, Franklin stayed active. In 1789 and 1790 he  petitioned the new federal government to abolish slavery and wrote a brilliant satire of  pro-slavery arguments. He spent his last days fighting for abolition, the last and perhaps  most passionate of his many causes, before failing ill with pleurisy. He died in his home  on April 17, 1790, and was publicly mourned on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the  greatest men of his era. Franklin's last years were a whirlwind of activity. He got busier and busier–negotiating  with France, negotiating with Britain, helping to write the Constitution, running  Pennsylvania, fighting against slavery. Through it all he kept up his essays, letters,  experiments and observations. He was well into his seventies, then eighties, suffering  from boils, gout, and bladder stones. Still, he kept working.
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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