Radical Revolution: The Pennsylvania Radicals and the State Constitution of 1776

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The Pennsylvania State Constitution of 1776, born in the fever of the signing of the Declaration and the radicalization of the city of Philadelphia expanded the rights of many but turned off a great many of those who had fought for independence.

In this episode we look at the history of the singing of the Declaration and Pennsylvania’s state Constitution, we examine its contents, and we look at the men – radicals of their time that helped organize the streets of Philadelphia to the independence cause, and how some of their dreams came crashing down.

We also look at the debate of republic vs. democracy in the United States.

 

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