September 18, 2019

Today in History: William Penn

Today in History–October 14–the Library of Congress features the religious and social reformer William Penn, born on this day in 1644.  Having no luck in his campaign for religious freedom for Quakers and others in England, Penn received an American land grant in payment of a debt owed his father. He named the colony Pennsylvania in honor of his father, promising freedom of worship for all settlers. Many of Penn's ideas helped lay the groundwork for the future United States. Learn more about … [Read more...]

Today in History: Pennsylvania

Today in History–December 12–the Library of Congress features Pennsylvania, which became the second state to ratify the U.S Constitution on this day in 1787, thought it was not a unanimous decision. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the culture and history of Pennsylvania through the lens of primary sources. Pennsylvania stories from America’s Library Pennsylvania primary source set Pennsylvania maps Pennsylvania … [Read more...]