Ben Franklin

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    Ben Franklin was the 10th son out of 17 children, i just heard on the History channel!


    Jimminee Christmas Almighty!!!!

    Women are just NOT given enough credit for the founding of America, I say!!!!

    CAN you ladies imagine being pregnant 17 times and going through 17 labor and deliveries and rearing all those kids, alone?

    Man oh man, some kind of structure certainly had to be developed by the mom to have some means of sanity or control?

    even my Italian grandmother was 1 of 12 children!!!

    Is the birth control pill the sin that the Catholic church says it is, or immoral in any way in your opinion, or a blessing?

    Would we be in a world where women were strapped at home, still not really a part of the workforce in this country of ours, if the BC pill and other bc forms had not been created?

    Or, what?

    Talk it up
     
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    Large numbers of children were common, most of them never made it out of childhood.

    People in general only lived to their 40s in that period, Ben was an exception living into his 80s.
     
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    Like the kids, there weren't diversions. If women didn't die, there was lots to do. ;)
     
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    I can't recall, at the moment, the religious affiliation of the family, but I do know one currently who has had 17 children -- all home births. Every 12 to 13 months like clockwork. They don't believe in medical intervention. Was a big deal to have the public health nurse certify the documentation for the birth certificates, but they did understand the necessity of that. Can't possibly apply for public assistance with a birth certificate ya know.

    Oh, and the oldest daughter, who worked for us through the City's summer youth program for a couple of years, "helped" take care of the younger children. Wonder how they're managing now, since she died a couple of years ago from ovarian cancer.
     
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    i just can NOT imagine how organized one must have had to be to feed and clean a platoon or brigade!!!!

    Yes, childbirth was the number one cause of death for women back then.... :(
     
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    Well, this pretty much covered My answer. In an age where children rarely lived to puberty, it was not uncommon to have a lot of children.

    What I find interesting is that these kids were raised without government welfare!

    Ha!
     
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    My Uterus would have fallen out after the 7th one.
     
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    In stumbling through a bit of my family tree, it also became apparent that when a child died very early on, they would often rename the next child to be born(usually boys) the same name as the one who had died previously. Very interesting.
     
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    That's either "sick" or very unimaginative.
     
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    Would women be 50% of the workforce of the economy today if the BC pill had not been created and then legalized? You realize the bc pill was initially ILLEGAL in this great country of ours....

    But what I am wondering is: Would American have grown as rich as it did, and as quickly as it did, if women had been left at home with 17 kids?

    Are women in the workforce the real reason for our country's gains?

    Are our children hurting any from this....?
     

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