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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

Benjamin Franklin, Ambassador to France

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation
(1776-1830)


Benjamin Franklin, Ambassador to France
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.6

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    civic, finance, democracy, diplomat, ally, original, provided, colonial, altogether, military, celebrity, agreement, personality, purpose, public, death
     content words:    Ben Franklin, United States, Benjamin Franklin, Atlantic Ocean, Revolutionary War, King Louis XVI, Great Britain


Benjamin Franklin, Ambassador to France
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Some people say that if it hadn't been for Ben Franklin, the United States would still be a part of England. Whether or not that is true, there is no doubt that Benjamin Franklin had a lot to do with the United States becoming an independent country.
 
2     What did Franklin do that helped the United States become what is it today? The story that answers that question takes place, not in colonial America, but in Paris, France. It began in the year 1776, the same year that the Declaration of Independence was signed. That year, Benjamin Franklin made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to France. The voyage took about a month, and it was a rough and dangerous voyage. The United States was involved in the Revolutionary War, and a US ship could not depend on a safe passage across the ocean.
 
3     Benjamin Franklin did make it across the ocean safely, and he received a warm welcome in France. Franklin was a popular visitor there. He had taken the time to learn the French language and French manners. He was also something of a celebrity there because of his famous lightning experiment.
 
4     While in France, Franklin lived in the town of Passy, just outside of Paris. He got to know many French people who were interested in the same things that he was interested in, and they were especially interested in the idea of democracy.

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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

             A New Nation
(1776-1830)



United States
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    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Pearl Harbor  
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
 
    The 1940's  
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


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