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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin  

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(1706–90)Although Franklin's distinction rests on his work as a scientist and statesman, his homely moral and political philosophy, particularly as expounded in Poor Richard's Almanack (1733–58), has ...
Constantin-François de Chassebœuf Volney

Constantin-François de Chassebœuf Volney  

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Comte de (1757–1820)French historian, travel writer, and philosophe, author of Les Ruines, ou méditation sur les révolutions des empires (1791: Ruins, or Meditations on the Revolutions of Empires), ...
Junto Club

Junto Club  

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(The Junto),social and debating society, founded by Franklin at Philadelphia (1727), with a membership restricted to 12 of his friends, all workingmen. The club was first known as the ...
Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition  

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(1804–06)The most important transcontinental journey in US history. The expedition was commissioned by President Jefferson to explore the vast area acquired as a result of the Louisiana Purchase. ...
Philadelphia

Philadelphia  

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American centre of furniture production. Before 1700 Philadelphia patronage supported London-trained cabinetmakers, chairmakers, upholsterers and gilders. Walnut-wood, used only as a veneer in London ...
Physical Sciences.

Physical Sciences.  

Sharing a common subject of study—the inanimate universe of matter and energy—the sciences of astronomy, physics, and chemistry also share aspects of a common history. In many instances, these three ...
William Bartram

William Bartram  

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(1739–1823),American Quaker naturalist and traveller, author of Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the ...

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