Franklin was a radical at home as well

Franklin was a radical at home as well - Deane...

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Franklin was a radical at home as well. He drafted a Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights,  in which he argued that the state had a right to discourage people from acquiring large  fortunes on the grounds that it would lead to inequality. The assembly rejected this truly  radical idea. He also failed to convince the Continental Congress to make proportional  representation the basis of the Articles of Confederation. Though only several years  earlier Franklin had hoped for reconciliation with Britain, he now argued powerfully for a  radically democratic, heavily unified government in independent America. It was a  dramatic shift. Though he lost these battles, Franklin remained a master politician. In 1776, Congress  appointed him to a three-person team charged with negotiating for peace with Britain.  After these negotiations failed, Congress appointed Franklin, Arthur Lee, and Silas 
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Unformatted text preview: Deane commissioners to France. Their job was to bring France into the war on America's side. Franklin arrived in France on December 3, 1776. In a meeting with the French foreign minister several weeks later, Franklin and the other commissioners succeeded in getting the French to loan money to the struggling American government. With this first task accomplished, Franklin moved into a house in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He continued to press the French government to help America. In the meantime, he enjoyed himself. In Paris he was a celebrity. John Adams later complained enviously that just about everyone in Paris, from the aristocrats down to the street cleaners, knew and loved Franklin. In April 1778, Franklin joined the Masonic Lodge in Paris, where, to the delight of the French, he and Voltaire publicly declared their friendship....
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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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