Benjamin Franklin

Authored by Ben Hejl - Phillips 7th

Synopsis

Franklin was one of the most influential Founding Fathers in the 18th century. As a member of the Continental Congress, he accomplished many things in name of revolution and independence. From helping the forming of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and approval of the U.S. Constitution, all were rebellious and noble acts against the tyrannical government of Great Britain.
THE LIFE OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN - Discovery History Biography (full documentary)
Benjamin Franklin, an American Statesman

Franklin was involved in many rebellious activities that expressed his civil disobedience toward Great Britain.

Benjamin Franklin and Civil Disobedience

Benjamin Franklin conveys the ideas found in Thoreau's Civil Disobedience through his rebellion against England in the American Revolution. With England's tyrannical rule over the colonies it was a repressive way of life. Most of this was because of the monarchy that ruled over the colonies and England. As a result, the Continental Congress chose not to have a ruler with supreme power, like a king. They felt the only way to retain their freedoms was to not have the government in total control and instead divided equally. Overall they wanted the government to have the least amount of involvement in society, to be limited. This was the concept of laissez-faire. Thoreau also expresses his support and disposition to a limited government when he states, "Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe-"That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have" (Thoreau). Through his civilly disobedient methods used in the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin helped influence Thoreau and form the American government of today.