Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, is one of the most celebrated men in our country’s history who didn’t become a President. He helped write our Declaration of Independence, worked to fight against Britain during the Revolutionary war. He also later helped frame the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, as well as mend relations with Britain and France in times of conflict as a renowned diplomat. Benjamin Franklin also went out to become an innovative inventor, creating many useful inventions in his lifetime. He also set out to found some ideas in society that would better it, such as fire departments and street lights. I plan to study Benjamin Franklin’s view of what the American Dream should mean to people, and how he really worked hard to make this dream possible for its citizens. I would like to find out a lot of struggles and obstacles he faced in his lifetime, and how he overcame them to become a very important man in today’s society. Finally, I would like to find out why people deemed him great enough to put him in a place of remembrance, our $100 bill, but also why he didn’t choose to run for president, or isn’t as highly recognized today as one of our most important founding fathers.
Although a vast time period of tradition separates the actions and dreams of Benjamin Franklin and me, we share the same goal of trying to create a lasting legacy that will live on past us, proving that our life, dream, and goal, actually had tangible value.
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