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Publisher's Summary

From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin' s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.
Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world - a world usually lost to history.
Lepore' s life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown.
©2013 Jill Lepore (P)2013 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sam P. on 05-08-18

Interesting Perspective

Bought this book for my Early American History course. It made a boring topic interesting and a good listen on my commute to school.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 04-19-18

Women during and after the Revolution

This book offers incredible insight into the role of women and the burden they carried in the days of the United States. While her brother, Benjamin Franklin, was traveling the world and heralded as a innovative forerunner and scholar, Jane was spending her days caring for people suffering from consumption, while married to a deadbeat. I kept waiting for a reckoning for Jane. All I can think is how fortunate I am to not have been born 200 years earlier.

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