Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin David Waldstreicher talked about his book Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution, published by Hill and Wang.… read more

Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin David Waldstreicher talked about his book Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution, published by Hill and Wang. In the book he re-examined Benjamin Franklin, slavery, and the American Revolution. In his speech he argued that Benjamin Franklin was not the hero of abolitionism that many people remember. Professor Waldstreicher asserted that Mr. Franklin’s antislavery credentials were exaggerated, that he owned a series of slaves between 1735-1781, complained about the ease with which slaves escaped to the British army during wartime, and profited from the global and domestic slave trade. The author answered questions from members of the audience after his discussion. close

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Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin

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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, United States
First Aired:
Dec 04, 2004 | 10:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Sep 13, 2010 | 4:00am EDT | C-SPAN 3

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