The Rhetorical Franklin

This page organizes notes, images, texts, links and sources on the rhetorical Benjamin Franklin all in one handy place.


Franklin, Benjamin. Advice to a Young Tradesman.
On the Constitution


Federalist, Antifederalists and the Constitution: Rhetorical Sources

Selected History and Biography

Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2003.

Morgan, Edmund Sears. Benjamin Franklin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.

Van Doren, Carl. Benjamin Franklin. New York: Viking Press, 1938.

Walstreicher, David. Runaway America : Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution. New York: Hill & Wang, 2004.

Rhetorical History, Theory and Criticism

Andrews, James R. "The Rhetoric of a Lobbyist: Benjamin Franklin in England, 1765-1775." Central States Speech Journal 18 (1967):

Gravlee, G. Jack, and James R. Irvine. "Franklin Reexamined: A Rejection of Parliamentary Manipulation." Southern Speech Communication Journal 48 (1983):

Henry, David D. "Concern for Consensus." Quarterly Journal of Speech 47 (1961): 239-243.

McDaniel, James Patrick. "Speaking Like a State: Listening to Benjamin Franklin in Times of Terror." Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, vol. 2, no. 4, Dec. 2005, pp. 324-350. doi:10.1080/14791420500333616

Olson, Lester C. "Benjamin Franklin's Commemorative Medal Libertas Americana: A Study in Rhetorical Iconology." Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 76, no. 1, Feb. 1990, p. 23.

Olson, Lester C. "Visual Rhetoric as Indices of Political Change a Sketch of a Conceptual, Technical Approach to Benjamin Franklin's Pictorial Representations Portraying British America." Visual Communication: Perception, Rhetoric & Technology, Jan. 2006, pp. 177-191.

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