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April 2006

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words
A Founding Father's folios letters, even cartoons, by the Man from Philadelphia.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words offers a database of over 250 of classroom tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their sThis site from the Library of Congress offers visitors a glimpse of Benjamin Franklin's public, professional, and scientific accomplishments through important documents, letters, books, broadsides, and cartoons. It is the companion site to the physical exhibition at the Library until June 17, 2006.
The site is easy to navigate with a top and bottom navigation menu on each of the internal pages. The main page lists the nine main sections of the site as well as links to other areas.

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words uses the vast collections of the Library of Congress to highlight the Franklin's achievements as a writer and printer, an inventor and scientist and as a politician and statesman. The first five sections focuses on the politician and statesman and gives an in depth account of Franklin's involvement before, during and after the Revolutionary War. Various documents, letters and pictures are available for examination. The last two sections deal with Franklin as a scientist and inventor and as a printer and writer. Original copies of the plans for the Franklin Stove, the design for bifocals, and a series of letters from Benjamin Franklin describing his experiments on electricity as well as other documents are included. Also included are many of the books, magazines and manuscripts that Franklin published including his Personal Liturgy and the Art of Making Money.



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