Periods 4-7: English 11 -SpringBoard VI

Explain the despotism clause of the Address to the National Convention by  Benjamin Franklin. [two paragraphs]

Despot = one who exercises power and authority for the sake of control of political subjects diminishing individual freedom

-ism = a belief in

Claim/Qualifier/Exception Phrases:

“In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of Government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and [this Government] can only end in Despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other.” -Benjamin Franklin

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