WATCH: Making America: Benjamin Franklin And The Self-Made Man

WATCH: Making America: Benjamin Franklin And The Self-Made Man


In the newest “Making America” video for PragerU, speaker and author Dinesh D’Souza discusses how the inventor, diplomat, and patriot Benjamin Franklin embodies the self-made man spirit that made the United States into a great nation. 

“Franklin’s life, no less than his ideas, conveys the indomitable spirit of both invention and, just as important, self-invention, that define Americans and make them almost instantly distinguishable, even today, by people around the world,” D’Souza explains. 

Franklin, the youngest of 17 children, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and would grow up to become one of the nation’s foremost inventors, printers, and statesmen. Although he had little formal education, Franklin was brilliant and came up with many innovations. 

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“He conducted early experiments in electricity, devised bifocal glasses, designed a new type of stove, organized lending libraries, formed Philadelphia’s first fire department, and founded the college that became the University of Pennsylvania,” says D’Souza. 

On top of this, Franklin produced “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” one of the most popular pamphlets

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