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Was Benjamin Franklin the First American?
This week, Think Tank takes a look at Americaís founding grandfather, Benjamin Franklin. Though he was an eminent diplomat, politician, and prose stylist, most think of Franklin as the kite-flying discoverer of electricity. Those who have taken a closer look, however, have called Franklin "the first American" and "a new kind of person." What should we remember about Benjamin Franklin? How should we judge him? And if he was indeed "the first American," then who are we?
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Professor of history at Texas A&M University and author of 19 books, including "The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin" and the biography "Woodrow Wilson"
former editor of the Benjamin Franklin Papers at Yale University and author of "My Life with Benjamin Franklin"
professor of English at the George Washington University and author of "Becoming Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and the Life."
Originally Aired: 5/24/2001
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