Franklin And The American Dream Essay

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As many historians who have studied the life of Benjamin Franklin would say, he was the man who invented the American Dream. His unfinished autobiography, written in the late 1700’s, is a perfect insight into the society he was developing in and his passion to benefit his community. His worth ethic and determination led to his many accomplishments that helped shape the New World. Franklin’s involvement in community projects in Philadelphia was very important to him and reflected his idea of the virtuous life and moral perfection. His virtues helped him to be successful in many projects, a few being the formation of the Junto, the invention of the fireplace, the establishment of a school and the establishment of a hospital. Franklin’s drive for success and self-betterment was clear in the way that he rose up from poverty to fame and through the contributions to society that he made along the way. Not only was he one of the leading writers of his time, he was also a famous inventor, scientist, printer, civic leader and known for his influential role in the establishment of the United States. Franklins “formula for success” or as he called it, his “arduous project of arriving at moral perfection” , was summed into thirteen virtues. These virtues included: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility. Franklin worked on each of these one at a time, and in this order, until he had
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