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Both Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass are held up as exemplars of a unique kind of character, the self-made man. How did each embody the values, characteristics, traits, and virtues that have come to be associated with a uniquely American identity? Why did each decide to tell his story, and what did he hope the reader might gain? In an essay of 3-5 pages, discuss the parallels between their “rags-to-riches” stories, as well as the ways in which their circumstances and experiences differed in important ways. Compare their prescriptions for American character and their theories on attaining success in America. Be sure to cite specific passages from reading materials.
Both Benjamin Franklin and Frederick Douglass are held up as exemplars of a unique kind of character, the self-made man.