Events of Interest
United States Declaration of Independence
, Second Continental Congress, adopted, on 4 Jul 1776
Benjamin Franklin: The Man Who Invented the American Dream
, by Jim Powell
, The Freeman
, Apr 1997
Lengthy biographical essay, including a section on the posthumous publication and reaction to Franklin's Autobiography
"When Franklin saw that something needed doing, he did it. In Philadelphia, he helped launch the city's first police force, the first volunteer fire company, the first fire insurance firm, the first hospital, the first public library, and the academy that became the first institution of higher learning (the University of Pennsylvania). ... In 1758, when he was 52, he suggested establishing Philadelphia's first school for blacks. ... During the next three decades, Franklin's Junto helped pioneer many of Philadelphia's institutions, starting with the city's first public library."
Related Topics: John Adams
, American Revolutionary War
, United States Constitution
, United States Declaration of Independence
, Benjamin Franklin
, John Hancock
, Thomas Jefferson
, Thomas Paine
, No Quartering of Soldiers
, George Washington
Is This Really War?
, by Sheldon Richman
, 16 Jun 2006
Discusses the Haditha killings and argues that U.S. troops in Iraq are acting more as a police force for the new Iraqi regime, which is incompatible with military training
"In 1985, Wilson Goode became the first U.S. mayor to bomb his own city. In an effort to rid a West Philadelphia neighborhood of a ragtag, violent, back-to-nature organization called Move, which had engaged in a shootout with police, Goode ordered explosives dropped on the Move house from a helicopter. The whole block of row houses burned, 61 homes in all. Eleven people were killed, five of them children. Some 250 people lost their homes. ... At least ... [Goode] could claim he was ... using the police to suppress a dangerous group that not only engaged in violence but also lived in an unsanitary way that affected its neighbors."
The man who financed the American Revolution
, by Jim Powell
Lengthy biographical essay of Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence (and other founding documents) and financier of the Revolutionary War
"Young Robert displayed an aptitude for business and was apprenticed with merchant Charles Willing. By 1754, he was a partner. The firm grew to be one of the largest merchant firms in Philadelphia, with its own fleet of ships which sailed to Europe and the West Indies. ... By this time, finances were a mess. The paper money was used as wallpaper. 'In Philadelphia,' Oberholtzer wrote, 'men who wore the bills as cockades in their hats marched in a procession through the public streets accompanied by a dog which was covered with a coat of tar in which the despised pieces of paper were thickly set. ...'"