Josiah wanted Ben to attend school with the clergy, but only had enough money to send him to school for two years. He attended Boston Latin School but did not graduate; he continued his education through voracious reading. Although "his parents talked of the church as a career"  for Franklin, his schooling ended when he was ten. He worked for his father for a time, and at 12 he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who taught Ben the printing trade.
Literature and the Arts in the Revolutionary Era B y the time of the American Revolution —83American writers had ventured beyond the Puritan literary style and its religious themes and had developed styles of writing that grew from distinctly American experiences.
The Puritans were a group of Protestants who broke with the Church of England ; they believed that church rituals should be simplified and that people should follow strict religious discipline.
The colonial fascination with science, nature, freedom, and innovation came through in the writings of the Revolutionary period. The colonists developed their own way of speaking as well, no longer copying the more formal style of British writers. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin —he noted, "took the seventeenth-century saying 'Three may keep counsel, if two be away' and converted it into 'Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
The colonists who would form a new nation were firm believers in the power of reason; they were ambitious, inquisitive, optimistic, practical, politically astute, and self-reliant. What colonial children read Up until about twenty-five years before the Revolutionary War began, the reading material for American children was restricted basically to the Bible and other religious works.
Gradually, additional books were published and read more widely. Rivaling the Bible in popularity were almanacs.
Children loved to read them for the stories, weather forecasts, poetry, news events, advice, and other assorted and useful information they contained. Franklin see box titled "The Many Sides of Benjamin Franklin" claimed to have written Poor Richard because his wife could not bear to see him "do nothing but gaze at the Stars; and has threatened more than once to burn all my Books… if I do not make some profitable Use of them for the good of my Family.
A London publisher by the name of John Newberry — is said to have had the greatest influence on children's literature in pre-Revolutionary America. He began publishing children's books in the s.
Most of them were educational, with titles such as A Museum for Young Gentlemen and Ladies or A private tutor for little Masters and Misses ; a how-to book on proper behavior and The Pretty Book for Children ; a guide to the English language.
Books were quite expensive in the s, though, so children usually advanced from the Bible and religious verses straight to adult-type literature. Especially popular in that category were storybooks such as Robinson Crusoe and Arabian Nights. Prior to the Revolution, schoolbooks were imported from England and were available only to the wealthy.
These books stressed self-improvement through hard work and careful spending.
Such qualities, it was believed, could lead to wealth, which was the lesson learned in the popular storybook Goody Two-Shoes: The Means by which she acquired her Learning and Wisdom, and in consequence thereof her Estate [everything she owned] Goody Two-Shoes was a girl named Margery Meanwell, an orphan who was thrilled to receive two shoes to replace her one.
She rose from humble beginnings, learning to read and later becoming a teacher; she went on to marry a wealthy man and matured into a "Lady" and a generous person. The role of satire in the Revolutionary era Up until the Revolutionary era, the Puritans who had settled New England had a profound influence on what was printed in the colonies: The Puritans frowned on dramatic performances, as well.
But by the mids, the Puritan influence was fading. In the first American acting troupe was established in Philadelphia. Seventeen years later, America's first permanent playhouse was built in the same city; in the Southwark Theatre staged the first play written by a native-born American, Thomas Godfrey 's — Prince of Parthia.
By the mids, political writings by colonists were increasingly common and more and more forceful in nature. And the hated Stamp Acta tax law passed by the British in see Chapter 4: The Roots of Rebellion [—]prompted an even greater outpouring of writing of a political nature.
Parliament, England's lawmaking body, passed the Stamp Act to raise money from the colonies without receiving the consent of the colonial assemblies, or representatives.
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Warren was the sister and wife of two patriots James Otis and James Warren, respectively and an eager participant in the political meetings held so often at her home. She was strategically placed in Boston to follow the events leading up to the American Revolution. Her first political drama, The Adulateur, was published anonymously without her name in Boston insoon after the shocking publication of Governor Thomas Hutchinson's — letters revealing his anti-patriot views see Chapter 4: The Roots of Rebellion [—].
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Benjamin Franklin was born in a Milk Street, Boston, house January 17, , the tenth son of Abia Folger, daughter of an indentured servant. His father Josiah Franklin was a candlemaker. At eight, he was sent to Boston’s Latin school with the idea of entering Harvard, which would prepare him .
Literature and the Arts in the Revolutionary Era By the time of the American Revolution (–83), American writers had ventured beyond the Puritan literary style and its religious themes and had developed styles of writing that grew from distinctly American experiences.
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