Religion of Ignorance Again

In my posting of August 23, 2015, I mentioned this quote: “This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins. ” …

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Franklin in Musical Philadelphia

A nice set of articles today, all linked: 1) Herbie Hancock awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal 2) The Franklin Institute’s 8-Bit Digital Franklin and from May, an article by Nancy Gupton on 3) The Musical Talents of Benjamin Franklin which features a recording of the tiresome 4) Quartet attributed to Franklin.  

B. Crump on B. Franklin

Civil Rights attorney Benjamin Crump delivered a speech called “the evolution of Benjamin Franklin and the hope of America” in Fayetteville, Arkansas at Fayetteville State University. His respectful notes are in this article from the Fayetteville Observer. Excerpts: Crump described Franklin, one of the country’s founders, as a Renaissance man at a time during which …

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The Way to Wealth

I want to start collecting interesting resources on the preface to the final Poor Richard’s Almanack, also known as The Way to Wealth. From The Papers. The Way to Wealth around the World: Benjamin Franklin and the Globalization of American Capitalism, by Sophus Reinert (2015) Way to Wealth Scholarship posting.

Bowling Green, KY

The Western Kentucky University’s Kentucky Museum  reports having “a 1765 Chippendale tea table donated by a descendant of Benjamin Franklin … currently on exhibit” — perhaps shown in this album from the Snell-Franklin Decorative Arts Exhibition — in this story.