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Print of Benjamin Franklin's House, 1912

Benjamin Franklin - House in Which Benjamin Franklin Was Born
New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_1102
Document Description
House in which Benjamin Franklin was born, Milk Street, Boston. From print, 1912.
Do you think each child in the Franklin family had his or her own bedroom?
What evidence in the picture tells you that Milk Street is in the center of Boston?
What materials is this house made of?
How is it like or unlike homes in your neighborhood?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: Calculate how many meals would have been served in the Franklin household on a typical day if the entire family was present at each meal.
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 was born on January 17, 1706, in this house on Milk Street in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was the eighth out of ten children born to Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger.  In addition, Ben’s father had seven children from his first marriage.  Josiah Franklin was a soap and candlemaker.  The Franklins did not have the money to educate seventeen children.  As a result, Ben left school when he was ten years old in order to learn his father's trade.  Later, he became an apprentice to his older brother James, who ran a printing office in Boston.
Essential Question
How do individuals influence the development of a society?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and evaluate the impact of Benjamin Franklin's life on the development of American society.