Benjamin Franklin US half dollar - 90% 1948 Franklin silver half dollar - Abolition of Slavery Commemorative Cover Honors

Franklin's Calling for The Abolition of Slavery
1948 Franklin silver half dollar

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The Complete Benjamin Franklin U.S. Half Dollar Collection by the Postal Commemorative Society


1948 - Philadelphia Mint
   This Commemorative Cover Honors Franklin's calling for the Abolition of Slavery on Nov 9, 1789 in Philadelphia, Pa.
1948 Franklin silver half dollar, Abolition of Slavery, Benjamin Franklin
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Benjamin Franklin Calls for the
Abolition of Slavery
on November 9, 1789 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
   Over the course of his life, Benjamin Franklin radically reversed his position on the subject of slavery. As a young printer, he regularly procured the sale of slaves for others with such pithy advertisements as "to be sold for her passage - a likely young woman, well clothed, can sew and do household work."

   Yet as Franklin grew older, he objected to the practice for moral reasons. In 1758, he suggested the establishment of the first school for black Americans in Philadelphia. Then in 1787, he became president of the nation's first abolition society, which was orginally founded by the Quakers: The Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. In this position, Franklin was far different from amiable, loquacious diplomat who charmed the French royalty. Mercilessly, he lambasted the British for introducing slavery to America - "this pestilential, detestable traffic in the bodies and souls of men." He painted brutally honest verbal pictures of "all the wretches that dig coal for you, in those dark caverns under ground, unblessed by sunshine."

   On November 9, 1789, the Society drafted in Address to the Public appealing for financial support. Franklin signed the document, and is widely believed to have written it. Less than a month before his death in 1790, Franklin also composed a scathing parody called "On the Slave Trade." It was the last political essay written by the prolific genius - a "parody worthy of his liveliest years," according to biographer Carl Van Doren.

   The historic U.S. stamp on this Cover was issued in 1940 and depicits the statue Emancipation to honor the ending of slavery in the United States. The Cover is postmarked on November 9, the exact anniversary of the date Franklin called for the abolition of slavery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1948 Franklin silver half dollar - Abolition of Slavery - Benjamin Franklin Info
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