Benjamin Franklin and the American People

A Program Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks Program.

Benjamin Franklin’s life, ideas, and legacy offer an outstanding lens through which to view early American history and culture. During his long life (1706-1790), Benjamin Franklin was a writer, inventor, community leader, scholar, revolutionary, diplomat, and lawmaker.  His words gave meaning to the lives of colonists who were becoming Americans.  His inventions reflected the ideas and needs of his fellow citizens.  His actions ensured the development of colonial society, the creation of the American republic, and its security under the Constitution.

This website, created at La Salle University as part of our program “Benjamin Franklin and the American People” has two goals.  First, it will provide up-to-date information and ideas about Benjamin Franklin and his era for educators and students of all ages.  Second, it will include all information for K-12 teachers interested in attending one of our 2016 teachers’ workshops, to be held in Philadelphia’s Historic Area from July 3–8 and 10–15, 2016.

More information to follow.

George W. Boudreau, Ph.D.

Project Director