Daily Archives: June 24, 2019

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

On a warm September day in 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Franklin was leaving what has come to be known as The Constitutional Convention. Originally it was simply the Philadelphia Convention, which was intended solely to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, the prevailing government of the time. As legend has it, a man approached him and demanded, What have you wrought? to which Franklin succinctly replied, A Republic, if you can keep it.