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Benjamin Franklin: The statesman and philosopher
Currier and Ives 1847
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The U.S. Constitution is a living, flexible document that is the foundation of American government. Benjamin Franklin played a key role as elder statesman at the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Join Dr. Franklin as he shares his views about the framing of the U.S. Constitution in the town where history was made - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Thanks to Bill Robling who graciously gave his time to portray Benjamin Franklin at Independence Hall, Franklin Court, and around the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit Bill's Website: http://foundingfranklin.com/.

Meet Dr. Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
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Education

Proposed Seal for the United States
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Religion

Benjamin Franklin, editor and writer
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Career Choice

The Declaration Committee
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Views on Independence
Franklin the printer
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Business

Benjamin Franklin signing the Declaration of Independence
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Declaration of Independence

Franklin's experiment with the kite
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Scientist

Franklin's return to Philadelphia, 1785 / J.L.G. Ferris
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Statesman

Benjamin Franklin opening first subscription library in Philadelphia
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Dr. Franklin

The Signing of the U.S. Constitution
Constitution

U.S. Constitution Lesson Ideas


Independence Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independence Hall Video Tour
National Park Service

U.S. Constitution Cow
National Park Service
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Link to Lesson Resources and National Social Studies Standards

Originally Published Sep/Oct 2005

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