Magazine August 28, 2017, Issue

A Family Riven by Revolution

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The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin’s House, by Daniel Mark Epstein (Ballantine, 464 pp., $30)

Time was when a small but stout cross-section of educated Americans could identify the name of William Franklin. Now we count ourselves lucky if most people can identify his father, Benjamin. Yet William Franklin was one of the most consequential colonists of his time—just as savvy as his famous father, and in some ways more politically successful. He could conceivably have gone on to become president during the early Federal era, edging out Adams or Jefferson, but for the fact that, when the big break with Great Britain came in 1776, William remained loyal to the Crown while his father

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College as Experiment Oren Cass makes a strong case (“Teaching to the Rest,” July 31) that many of today’s high-school students would be better off taking career training instead of college ...
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AMONG OTHERS Working alone in the house, I look to the solitary sculls passing on the river for a sense that I am among others. The geese— my dogs—convene in the yard near the water. A summer in ...

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