Philadelphia Reflections

The musings of a physician who has served the community for over six decades

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Prohibitory Act of the British Parliament -- 1775
This is the British Act which started the Revolutionary War. The two Legislative bodies should have known better than to react in haste, but the British Parliament in London and its opponent the Continental Congress in Philadelphia -- started a Revolutionary War. Apparently Lord North issued a Prohibitory Act and John Adams responded to it, but the real hotheads were Charles Townsend and William Bradford. Everybody involved thought Independence was an improbable outcome.

Overview: The American Flowering

{Pearls on the String}
Plymouth Rock

According to New Englanders, The American flowering began at Plymouth Rock, while it ends with the abandonment of Boston by the British, and replacement of the town's population by Colonial Americans, after the Battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill.

This book gives the Pennsylvania version: It all started at Braddock PA with George Washington watching the famous Redcoats run for their lives, and ended in 1932 also in Pennsylvania, with the dashing of Philadelphia's dream of being the richest city in the world.

There's a dash of local patriotism in both versions, and both cities continue to fight the battles--politely.

Originally published: Monday, June 15, 2020; most-recently modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2020


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