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

Web Resources

Finding Franklin: A Resource Guide Library of Congress Web Guide. Created by Kenneth Drexler, Susan Garfinkel, Mark F. Hall, and Jurretta Jordan Heckscher, Researcher and Reference Services Division, Library of Congress.


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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