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The American Enlightenment from Franklin to the Reverend Martin Luther King

House historian, Lady Joan Reid, delivers a talk on the American Enlightenment from Benjamin Franklin to Martin Luther King.

In 1787, fifty-five men constructed the United States out of Enlightenment ideas propounded by Benjamin Franklin and others like Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Locke and Adam Smith. Following in their footsteps, individuals such as Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King have refined these ideas without abandoning them. Scott Varland, American lawyer and author, will explore the trajectory of American democratic thought.


Lady Reid | talks


Date and Time:

18 June 2012 at 12:00 pm


1 hour



Benjamin Franklin House
36 Craven Street
0207 839 2006

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£5/£3.50 Friends and concessions

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To book call +44(0)20 7839 2006 or email Info@BenjaminFranklinHouse.org.

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website: www.BenjaminFranklinHouse.org

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