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Jefferson Davis On Benjamin Franklin

 
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Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, saw Franklin: as the embodiment of the Yankee:

Franklin's "soul was a true type or incarnation of the New England character-hard, calculating, angular, unable to conceive any higher object than the accumulation of money. He was the most material of great intellects. None of the lighter graces or higher aspirations found favor in his sight....The hard, grasping, money-grubbing, pitiless and domineering spirit of the New England Puritan found in Franklin a true exponent....His school of common sense was the apotheosis of selfish prudence. He could rarely err, for men err from excess of feeling, and Franklin had none."

Davis was talking about the Franklin whose epithet, "Time is money," came to dominate the American industrialist culture of the Yankee and of our time.
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