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Counter Benjamin Franklin is one of the best known and least understood figures in the history of eighteenth-century political thought. Alan Houston clarifies our understanding of his thought by making available a representative selection of his most important political writings. The entire text of the Autobiography is included alongside letters, essays, pamphlets, and manuscript notes that cover political economy, moral psychology, and religious belief and practice, among other topics.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, Statesmen United States Biography, United States Economic conditions To 1865, United States Politics and government To 1775, United States Politics and government 1775-1783, Political culture United States History 18th century, Political science Early works to 1800, Political science United States History 18th century, Virtue, Social values