Founding Fathers of Philadelphia
Philadelphia overflows with early American history. We start our episode by looking at the life of Benjamin Franklin, often called “The First American”, and the many other Founding Fathers that called the City of Brotherly Love home. Philadelphia represented the best in colonial life and culture, making it the logical place to convene the Second Continental Congress and sign the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall.
Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man -- an author, printer, scientist, inventor, postmaster, political theorist, statesman, and diplomat. He once said, “well done is better than well said.” This motivated outlook on life enabled him to accomplish much in his 84 years on earth. Franklin was committed not only to achievements in his career, but in his personal character as a citizen and patriot. He kept what he called a “Temperance Chart,” which he used to track his behavior. Temperance, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, humility, and others were all tracked on a daily basis.
Question 1: How did the printing press contribute to the Revolutionary war effort?
Question 2: Read the Declaration of Independence. Explain some of the key principles espoused in the document, and how it shaped future American history.
Question 3: How does learning about the sacrifice and preservation of the Founding Fathers change your perspective on the freedom you enjoy today?
Question 4: What’s your favorite of Benjamin Franklin’s inventions? Which of them are still in use today?
Question 5: Explain the history behind the Liberty Bell.