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In American Sketches a collection of essays Walter Isaacson conveys how different individuals make history rather than events through the use of narrative writing In order to demonstrate his belief Isaacson writes several essays about men who impacted American history Walter Isaacson writes about Benjamin Franklin John Adams and Albert Einstein to support his claim Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers who shaped America into a nation of freedom by separating church and state trying to abolish slavery and helping America become free from Britain First Franklin points that our rights come from rationality and the consent of the governed not the dictates and dogma of any religion page 26 Due to Franklins Enlightenment ideas Franklin advocates for the separation of church and state By putting this idea in the constitution he plants the seed for the first amendment which includes the freedom of religion By raising this liberal idea Franklin has helped America become the country of freedom by making religious tolerance After the Constitutional Convention he became the president of a society for the abolition of slavery He realized that humility required tolerance for other peoples values page 27 As a supporter of abolition slavery Franklin carved the way for the freedom of the black slaves and had indirect influence on the Emancipation of Proclamation This led to the ultimate freedom of the black people Franklin helped America become more racially tolerant Also he began appealing to Frances ideals page 36 and had the French join Americas side against the British His appeal added extra firepower to Americas power which eventually led to the defeat of the British and the birth of America By using narrative writing Isaacson portrays Franklins actions of developing America into a religiously tolerant and racially tolerant nation
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