Benjamin Franklin is considered to be one of our nation’s Founders. But when his name comes up in casual conversation, comments are often references to his experiments with a kite, the lightening rod, Poor Richard’s Almanac, and so on. But Franklin was a man of accomplishments that went beyond his science experiments and city planning. In Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (Simon and Schuster 2003), Walter Isaacson gives a detailed account of his impactful life. On the national level, as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, he was involved in formally declaring the break from England. As the Revolutionary War intensified, it was clear that the new country needed financial aid and alliances, and Franklin’s eight years of diplomacy at Versailles gained both. He stayed on in Paris after the successful conclusion of the war to negotiate terms of the Treaty of Paris. Back in Philadelphia a few years later, he was a conciliatory presence at the Constitutional Convention. Join us for this study of Franklin’s fascinating life: “A middle class life,” as Walter Isaacson writes, “that was influential in inventing the type of society America would become.” No class on 11/21/18.