Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | December 30, 2012

‘The Political Trial of Benjamin Franklin’

Political TrialAfter reading “The Political Trial of Benjamin Franklin” by Kenneth Lawing Penegar, I realized I didn’t know as much about American history as I thought.  How much do you know about Benjamin Franklin?  If all you know about Franklin is his affiliation with the postal service, the invention of the library and his inventions, then you probably don’t know that he held a strong attachment to Great Britain and reluctantly becoming involved in the American Revolution.

In his desire to resolve differences between Great Britain and the American colonies, Franklin used letters written by Thomas Hutchinson, Governor of Massachusetts, to Thomas Whately, an English politician and Member of Parliament, advising the British government to curtail colonial liberty.  Though there is some question as to whether or not Franklin was behind the publication of said letters, the result was a breakdown of negotiations between the colonies and Great Britain and the beginning of America’s fight for freedom.

This book appeals to history buffs and fans of Benjamin Franklin.  It is obvious that Penegar performed extensive research in his search for the truth behind Franklin’s involvement in the Hutchinson Letters controversy.  Penegar has had a distinguished career as a law professor and dean and has published major length articles in a variety of law reviews and journals.  He has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Tennessee (Dean for fifteen years), and Southern Methodist University (Dallas), where he holds emeritus status.

(From the back cover—“This book will fill a partial void in the late colonial period in American history and will deepen our understanding of the role of the American with the most extensive experience of British political and cultural sensibilities of the time.”)

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bostick Communications as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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