The Making of a Patriot by Sheila L. Skemp
Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit (Critical Historical Encounters Series)

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On January 29, 1774, Benjamin Franklin was called to appear before the PrivyCouncil--a select group of the King's advisors--in an octagonal-shaped room inWhitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Spurred by jeers and applause from theaudience in the Cockpit, Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn unleashed awithering tirade against Franklin. Though Franklin entered the room as a dutifulservant of the British crown, he left as a budding American Revolutionary. In TheMaking of a Patriot, renowned Franklin historian Sheila Skemp presents a insightful,lively narrative that goes beyond the traditional Franklin biography--and behind thecommon myths--to demonstrate how Franklin's ultimate decision to support thecolonists was by no means a foregone conclusion. In fact, up until the Cockpitordeal, he was steadfastly committed to achieving "an accommodation of ourdifferences." The Making of a Patriot also sheds light on the conspiratorialframework within which actors on both sides of the Atlantic moved toward revolutionand it highlights how this event ultimately pitted Franklin against his son,suggesting that the Revolution was, in no small part, also a civil war.

About Sheila L. Skemp

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Sheila L. Skemp is the Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History at the University of Mississippi.
Published March 7, 2012 by Oxford University Press, USA. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War.

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The second in Oxford's new Critical Historical Encounters series, covering formative events in American History--this time with a focus on a Benjamin Franklin many readers may not have encountered before.

Mar 18 2012 | Read Full Review of The Making of a Patriot: Benj...

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In this tautly written account of one of the most dramatic moments in Benjamin Franklin's many-faceted life, there is enough to engage one's interest that a number of its imperfections can be overlooked.

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