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The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution and helped found the United States of America.

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What compromises were forged or brokered by Benjamin Franklin in the US constitution that would be considered "tragic" by historian Ken Burns?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's April 2, 2022 Ken Burns Was Watching "Homeland" When He Realized Mandy Patinkin Should Be His Ben Franklin begins with noted historian and documentarian ...
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Is Thomas Paine, the political philosopher considered a founding father or not? [closed]

I have read he is widely considered one, whereas he isn't included with the greats. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Founding-Fathers
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What did the framers have to say about the idea of a self pardon?

Did they not explicitly state in the Constitution that it isn’t allowed because they thought it was ok or because the idea of that happening was too ridiculous to warrant their attention?
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Is Mohammad Ali Jinnah the "Father of the Nation" of Pakistan?

Wikipedia link says: He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam ("Great Leader") and Baba-i-Qaum, ("Father of the Nation"). His birthday is a national holiday in Pakistan. Is Baba-...
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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

In his 1870 work "No Treason" - Lysander Spooner writes: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we ...
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Did any founding father endorse unicameralism or at least bring up concerns about the deadlock risks of bicameralism?

Overall, the founding fathers of the United States supported bicameralism; after all that's what we actually have today. However, no body of august statesmen and scholars all agree on anything, so: ...
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When the founding fathers of the USA added Freedom of Religion, were there any religions in North America that killed in the name of religion?

Many of the people who came to North America in the first place came to avoid religious persecution. This being the case; at the time the founding fathers added Freedom of Religion to the ...
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What exactly does Thomas Paine mean in this line of Common Sense?

Paine first sums up the components of the English Constitution as: First. - The remains of monarchical tyranny in the person of the king Secondly. - The remains of aristocratical tyranny in ...
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Were there mechanisms for discouraging parties ("factions") proposed by US founding fathers?

It's a well known fact that, when US Founding fathers were setting up our polytical system, they did NOT build in the ideas of political parties. More specifically, both Washington and Madison didn't ...
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