Newsgroups: alt.revisionism,alt.politics.white-power,alt.skinheads,alt.nswpp,alt.politics.usa,alt.politics.usa.congress,alt.politics.usa.constitution Path: news.voyager.net!aanews.merit.net!newsxfer.itd.umich.edu!newsxfer3.itd.umich.edu!news-peer.sprintlink.net!news.sprintlink.net!Sprint!howland.erols.net!ais.net!ameritech.net!uunet!in1.uu.net!188.8.131.52!world!dkeren From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel Keren) Subject: Franklin Forgery (Re: Benjamin Franklin on Jews) Message-ID:
Organization: The World, Public Access Internet, Brookline, MA References: <email@example.com> Date: Sun, 4 May 1997 19:48:30 GMT Lines: 53 Xref: news.voyager.net alt.revisionism:113245 alt.politics.white-power:71817 alt.skinheads:70545 alt.politics.usa.congress:44171 alt.politics.usa.constitution:109038 NSWPP-CSU writes: [Antisemitic speech allegedly given by Benjamin Franklin] This is a notorious forgery; I am reposting a comment by Prof. Jeffrey Shallit, as well as some additional data I suggest you try reading Boller and George's fine book, _They Never Said It_. The Franklin quote is a forgery. I quote from page 27: "The Franklin quote apparently first turned up on February 3, 1934 in William Dudley Pelley's pro-Nazi sheet, _Liberation_, published in Asheville, North Carolina. According to Pelley, it was taken from notes made by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, delegate to the Constitutional Convention from South Carolina... But there is no Pinckney diary, and historian Charles Beard, after a thorough investigation... concluded: "This alleged `Prophecy' ascribed to Franklin is a crude forgery.. . There is in our historical records no evidence whatever of any basis for the falsehood." "On one occasion, when the Hebrew Society of Philadelphia sought to raise money for a synagogue, Franklin signed the petition appealing to "citizens of every denomination" for contributions. Nevertheless, during the 1930s and 1940s, the Franklin forgery was cited time and again in the Nazi press in Germany, broadcast over the Nazi radio... It was popular, too, in neo-Nazi circles in the United States." Another good source for a discussion of the Ben Franklin hoax is Morris Kominsky's excellent (but hard to find) book, "Hoaxers: Plain Liars, Fancy Liars and Damned Liars" Branden Press 1970 (available through inter-library loan via Woodbridge New Jersey public Library--I xeroxed most of it) Mr. Kominsky notes the hoax reported in a 1966 issue of THUNDERBOLT, a publication of the National States Rights Party. He notes the rumor made the rounds in 1934 by William Dudley Pelley, professional anti-Semite, leader of the Silver Shirts (SS--get it?). He attributed it to the diary of Charles Pinckney of South Carolina who was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. When challenged, Pelley claimed to have taken it from a copy of the diary which was the property of an unidentified descendent of Pinckney. Historian Charles Beard made a search for this 'diary' and Henry Butler Allen of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia issued a statement in 1938 that the diary did not exist and based on an analysis of the language in the anti-semitic speech attributed to Franklin, the language used was not Colonial English. -Danny Keren.
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