The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit by Sheila L. Skemp

The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the Cockpit

bySheila L. Skemp

Paperback | July 29, 2013

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On January 29, 1774, Benjamin Franklin was called to appear before the Privy Council - a select group of the king's advisors - in an octagonal-shaped room in Whitehall Palace known as the Cockpit. Spurred by jeers and applause from the audience in the Cockpit, Solicitor General AlexanderWedderburn unleashed a withering tirade against Franklin. Though Franklin entered the room as a dutiful servant of the British crown, he left as a budding American revolutionary. In The Making of a Patriot, renowned Franklin historian Sheila L. Skemp presents an insightful, lively narrative that goes beyond the traditional Franklin biography - and behind the common myths - to demonstrate how Franklin's ultimate decision to support the colonists was by no means a foregoneconclusion. In fact, up until the Cockpit ordeal, he was steadfastly committed to achieving "an accommodation of our differences."The Making of a Patriot sheds light on the conspiratorial framework within which actors on both sides of the Atlantic moved toward revolution. It highlights how this event ultimately pitted Franklin against his son, suggesting that the Revolution was, in no small part, also a civil war.

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Sheila L. Skemp is the Clare Leslie Marquette Professor of American History at the University of Mississippi.

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Title:The Making of a Patriot: Benjamin Franklin at the CockpitFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195386566

ISBN - 13:9780195386561

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroduction1. The Cockpit2. Present at the Cockpit3. Errata4. Dueling Conspiracies5. Civil WarEpilogue: The Meaning of the CockpitFor Further ReadingIndex