Benjamin Franklin and Polly Baker

Max Hall
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 12/1960
Reprint Date: 12/2012
Pages: 213
Paperback ISBN: 9780807839805
Paperback Publication Date: 12/2012


Hall has made the first detailed investigation of Polly Baker. It leads through the exciting world of eighteenth-century journalism, literature, and statecraft. Ben Franklin occupies a position in the story second only to Polly Baker herself. Evident throughout is the tendency of people, even in an age of enlightenment, to believe what they see–provided they see it in print.

Originally published in 1960.

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