Americans treasure Benjamin Franklin literally treasure him: his face appears, ironically, on our $100 bills. Ever since the appearance of his Autobiography, historians have celebrated Franklin not only as a Founding Father, but more specifically as an exemplar figure of the American entrepreneur — a self-made man who rose to economic and (eventually) political prominence through his industry, hard work, and intelligence. Franklin himself encourages this interpretation. Does Franklin deserve this description? Write a 3-5 paper analyzing Franklins career in politics and business, as depicted in his Autobiography. Does the American colonial world he describes strike you as a democratic world of free and equal opportunity? By what means, through what strategies, does Franklin build his business and himself? What does this story tell us about American society in the mid-1700s?