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A portrait of Benjamin Franklin in 1762.

The American Revolutionaries’ International War Against Slavery

Part I. Ben Franklin and Massachusetts Lead the Way By Colin Lowry March 19, 2019 In the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and John Adams, is a paragraph condemning King George III of Britain for the crime of promoting and enforcing the […]

by March 19, 2019 Commentary, History
Leaders of the First Continental Congress, which vowed to stop the slave trade.

Guess Who Insisted on Slavery in Colonial America?

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 30, 2019—Abraham Lincoln was right when he declared that, at the time of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the Constitution, it was widely expected that slavery was on the wane, and would soon die out. That broad sentiment is actually a matter of […]

by January 31, 2019 Commentary, History
A depiction of the Boston Tea Party, December 1773.

Let Ben Franklin Tell the Story of the American Revolution

(Jan. 23, 2019–The following is a recent open letter to the leadership of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which I believe is worthy of much wider circulation. It is published with the permission of the author.—Nancy Spannaus) By Mark Fairchild Recently I visited the Museum of the […]

by January 23, 2019 Commentary
Benjamin Franklin epitomized the spirit of American invention (David Mart)

Ben Franklin on the Issue of Credit

By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 17, 2019—Some words of wisdom from our philosopher-founder Benjamin Franklin are surely appropriate in these times, and his 313th birthday—to be celebrated today—is a good time to pay them heed.  Old Ben is known for shaping many aspects of our fight for independence, but one area […]

by January 17, 2019 Commentary, History
Phillis Wheatley, as portrayed by Scipio Moorhead in the frontispiece to her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

Phillis Wheatley: The Slave Girl `Favored by the Muses’

  By Bonnie James   America’s First Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers By Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Basic Civitas Books, 2003, 129 pages     ­­ Phillis Wheatley is perhaps the most fascinating and thought-provoking American you never heard of. She arrived in Boston on July […]

Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Celebrating Benjamin Franklin

Jan. 16, 2018–It is inconceivable that the American System of Hamilton and Washington could have come into being without the role of elder statesman Benjamin Franklin. We celebrated Ben’s birthday on January 17; he was born in 1706 in Boston, and died in 1790. Franklin represents everything unique and positive […]

by January 16, 2018 History