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Post 527: Scotland the Brave

Tomorrow is the Scottish independence referendum. The issues are arcane and the outcome far from certain. I personally don’t know where I stand on the issue, though my family history reaches deep into this tiny country/part of the United Kingdom. 449 more words

Benjamin Franklin

” When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. “

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Albany Plan of Union

The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the Thirteen Colonies, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, then a senior leader of 48 and a delegate from Pennsylvania, at the Albany Congress in July 1754 in Albany, New York. 122 more words


Don't tread on me.

It’s me, Richard Saunders of Poor Richard’s Almanac fame, here today to explain why a rattlesnake became a major symbol of American resistance and independence. Our friend Ben recently asked me if the yellow flag with the coiled rattlesnake and “Don’t Tread on Me” motto hadn’t been created by our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin. 508 more words

Wit And Wisdom

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London, 1769. Large octavo, contemporary marbled boards rebacked.

“America’s First Great Scientific Contribution”

As presented in the January 2015 Bauman online catalog (PDF)

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. Experiments and Observations on Electricity. London, 1769. 312 more words

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A Work of Collective Genius

On September 17, 1787, George Washington took up a quill and signed the Constitution of the United States of America. He was the first of thirty-three convention delegates to endorse the document that day. 874 more words