THE PURPOSE of this series is to present in a fresh and challenging way the great figures of the American tradition -- those individuals who have been most influential throughout the history of the American people in forging that strong and yet complex phenomenon that constitutes what we call the American tradition or the American way of life.
Countless books have been written about these men; a good many books containing their writings and speeches have been published; many biographies of them have appeared. But the Makers of the American Tradition Series is a genuinely new approach to the story of our heritage. These books are not biographies; they are not anthologies. They are a combination of original text and interpretation. They embody a new and fresh approach because they combine the best and most characteristic of the original written and recorded spoken words of outstanding American figures with thoughtful and incisive interpretations by the distinguished scholars chosen to put these books together.
In each volume the focus is upon those elements in the contributions of these Americans-whether in terms of original thought or articulate and decisive leadership --
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Publication information: Book title: Benjamin Franklin: His Contribution to the American Tradition. Contributors: I. Bernard Cohen - Author. Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill. Place of publication: Indianapolis. Publication year: 1953. Page number: vii.
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