The Newburyport Public Library will host a community discussion of The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America by Randy Petersen, on September 24, 2020 with a book discussion at 7:00 pm.
This library-facilitated book discussion is the kick-off to the 250th commemoration recognizing the life and work of influential Great Awakening 18th century political and spiritual figure George Whitefield. Read more about the events in the 250th Commemorative Celebration of George Whitefield.
In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin and George Whitefield were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s. Franklin epitomized American ideals: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, humble and full of big dreams. Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies - emphasizing that faith is not just an intellectual exercise but an experience of the heart - was heard by tens of thousands. By the time of Whitefield's death in 1770 - and burial in Newburyport - he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation; his friend, Ben Franklin, built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.
This is a virtual Zoom presentation. Register using the link below. An invitation will be shared with registered participants one day prior to the event.
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The library has several copies of this title available to borrow. Additional copies available via publisher or Amazon. Hear from the author in a short video promo.