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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children October 2017

COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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editor’s note

Printer, writer, inventor, civic leader, scientist, diplomat. Most people would be happy to be famous in any one of these roles. Benjamin Franklin found a level of fame in all these categories! He had some basic personality traits that helped him throughout his life, including being a hard worker and handling things with humor. But I think his most important trait was curiosity. He seemed always to be thinking, Why? He often proceeded to find an answer to his own question. His natural curiosity made him really consider things and led to improvements both in his personal life and in his professional experiences. And if he came up with an idea that made life better, he shared it, allowing many people to benefit from his effort. Enjoy our introduction to…

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young rebel genius

Benjamin Franklin grew up in a noisy, busy, large family. He was born in Boston in 1706, the 15th of 17 children. His mother, Abiah Folger, was descended from some of the first English settlers in Massachusetts. His father, Josiah, had emigrated from England as a young man and set up shop as a maker of soaps and candles. As a boy, Ben was intelligent and curious. When he noticed that ducks’ webbed feet allowed them to move faster through water, he made and attached wooden paddles to his hands and feet to help him swim faster. Ben also used a kite as a sail: As he floated on his back, the kite caught the wind and pulled him across the water. Ben’s enterprising nature sometimes got him into trouble. He once…

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the franklin family

When Benjamin Franklin first arrived in Philadelphia in 1724, he had no luggage. He carried a few extra shirts and a pair of shoes stuffed in his pockets. He used his last money to purchase three rolls. Tucking a hunk of bread under each arm, he walked down the street eating the third loaf. A young woman, Deborah Read, standing in front of her home, noticed him. She thought he looked ridiculous. Ben ended up renting a room with the Read family. Before he left for England later that year to buy printing tools, he and Deborah talked of marriage, but the two did not stay in touch. By the time Ben returned in 1726, Deborah had married another man, who then abandoned her. With her husband gone, Deborah was unable…

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poor richard’s rich wisdom

Most Colonial households owned two books—the Bible and a pocket-sized yearly almanac. As a printer, Benjamin Franklin couldn’t compete with the divine inspiration of the Bible to guide people’s religious lives, but he had a scheme to break into the almanac market. Writing as an invented character named Richard Saunders, Franklin offered his first version of an almanac in 1732. He structured Poor Richard’s Almanack on a similar publication, Poor Robin’s Almanack. In addition to the traditional calendars, moon phases, tidal charts, and storm predictions, Franklin’s publication included witty sayings, riddles, and poems. Franklin advertised the new almanac in his newspaper, The Pennsylvania Gazette. He offered details designed to make readers curious. In addition to weather forecasts and holidays, the ad promised a “Game for Kisses,” “ Conjugal Debate,” and even…

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citizen ben

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “The doors to wisdom are never shut.” His efforts to learn as much as he could on a wide array of topics made him a great champion of access to books, participation in thoughtful debates, and attendance in formal education. He also recognized that few individuals had the discipline, natural curiosity, and knack for picking up ideas that he did. So he let his passion for improving play out in the many successful civic ventures that he organized in Philadelphia. He also sought like-minded friends to work with him to impact the development of the city, the colony, and the country, for the greater good of all citizens. As early as 1727, after Franklin returned from his first trip to London, he craved intellectual discussions. He sought…

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mr. postmaster

No story of Benjamin Franklin is complete without a look at his role as the nation’s “mailman.” He first served as postmaster in Philadelphia starting in 1737. In 1753, he was appointed to one of two positions as royal postmaster general for all the Colonies. He served in that role until 1774, when the British Crown dismissed him for his open support of the Colonies. And for a year between 1775 and 1776, before heading to France as the new nation’s ambassador, he was the first postmaster general of what became the United States Postal Service. As with most things in which Franklin became involved, he looked for ways to make improvements. In Colonial times, letters were delivered to a central place in town, such as a local tavern or coffeehouse.…