Benjamin Franklin

  • The Franklin Prophecy and Antisemitic Forgery for Profit

    by Scott D. Seligman

    Remarks attributed to Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention calling for the exclusion of Jews from the new nation were concocted by "lifetime anticommunist and antisemitic nutjob" Willam D. Pelley in the 1930s. 

  • Benjamin Franklin, Religious Revolutionary

    by J.D. Dickey

    Surprisingly, however, during America’s first major evangelical revival — the Great Awakening of the 1730s and ’40s — one of its most important figures had little use for religious conservatism. In fact, he wasn’t a preacher at all, but the reform-minded, freethinking Philadelphia printer Benjamin Franklin.