The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspire a huge American military victory.
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Long before the Beatles invaded America, a rock star took Europe by storm as part of the Revolutionary War: Benjamin Franklin.
Jeffery Rosen and David Rubenstein look at why James Madison and others gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 with the goal of creating a stronger, but still limited, federal government.
In this excerpt from their pamphlet about the “Constituting Liberty” exhibition, Jeffery Rosen and David Rubenstein put the Declaration of Independence in context.
December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a huge step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.