Benjamin Franklin
[Text] Benjamin Franklin on the Evils of Slavery


“Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils…”   “Accustomed to move like a mere machine, by the will of a master, reflection is suspended; he has not the power of … Continue reading

Benjamin Franklin
[Text] Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Experiment In His Own Words


A letter from Benjamin Franklin to Peter Collinson describing his legendary experiment with electricity using a kite and a key: Philadelphia, Oct. 19. 1752. As frequent mention is made in the newspapers from Europe, of the success of the Philadelphia experiment for drawing the electric fire from clouds by means of pointed rods … Continue reading