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  •  I suspect irony. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm fairly sure that Franklin was aware of Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal. It's influence may be at work here.

    I know for a fact that, while he at one time held slaves, he converted to abolitionism and manumitted them. He served as President of the Pennsylvania Abolitionist Society at the time it petitioned Congress for Abolition and published several tracts agitating the issue. He publicly advocated the then radical proposal that freed slaves be actively integrated into the existing society.

    Of course, the article cited was published 30 years before this, so he was not yet an open abolitionist.

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