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Benjamin Franklin Statue in New York City, 1872

New York City. Franklin Statue. Printing House Square.
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_D47_NE34
 
Document Description
Benjamin Franklin statue by sculptor Ernst Plassmann (1823–1877), Printing House Square, New York City, 1872. Photograph taken pre-1911.
 
Questions
Why do you think Printing House Square was chosen for the location of this statue?
What newspaper is located at a building in the background?
What newspaper did Franklin print?
 
Historical Challenges
What did Benjamin Franklin think about slavery?
 
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: How old was Benjamin Franklin when he died?
Science: What were some of Benjamin Franklin's inventions and scientific discoveries?
English Language Arts: Choose what you think are Benjamin Franklin’s five biggest accomplishments and write a persuasive essay explaining why they are more significant than others.
 
Resources
Adler, David. B. Franklin: Printer. New York: Holiday House, 2001. ISBN: 0823416755
Fleming, Candace. Ben Franklin's Almanac: Being a True Account of the Good Gentleman's Life. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003. ISBN: 0689835493
Giblin, James. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Scholastic, 2000. ISBN: 0590485342
Harness, Cheryl. The Remarkable Benjamin Franklin. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2005. ISBN: 0792278828
 

Historical Context
Benjamin Franklin is one of the most famous men in American history.  Born in 1706, he participated in the events that led to the American Revolution and the birth of the United States.  Franklin was the only person to have signed all three of the major documents that helped to establish the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the Constitution of the United States.

Although Franklin may be best known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he is also famous for his accomplishments in a variety of different fields.  Franklin was a successful printer and writer and an enthusiastic inventor and scientist.  He also founded a number of important institutions, including the first lending library in the United States, the American Philosophical Society, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Hospital.  In all, Franklin was an extraordinaryman whose life and accomplishments extend far beyond what can be summarized in a single page.

 
Essential Question
How do symbols and monuments unite people?
 
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the purpose of this monument.