Jul 6, 2017
When you sign up for a social media account, once you’ve
established your username and profile, what’s one of the first
things you do? Choose a profile picture. Well, in 1776, after the
Declaration of Independence was signed, what was one of the first
things the founding fathers wanted to do? Establish a national seal
-- basically the profile picture of the United States.
But it’s not like they could just grab ye olde selfie stick and pose for one, they wanted something strong, a symbol of America’s fortitude and pride.
I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind America’s Bald Eagle.
The role of Benjamin Franklin was played by Paul Csomo, co-host of the Varmints podcast at BlazingCaribouStudios.com.
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Ben Franklin And The Great Seal Of America - The New York Times
Benjamin Franklin on the Rattlesnake as a Symbol of America - GreatSeal.com
Did Benjamin Franklin Really Say the National Symbol Should Be the Turkey? - Slate
Eagle vs. Turkey: America's First Bird Controversy - National Wildlife Federation
How Did The Bald Eagle Become America’s National Bird? - History.com
Eagle on the U.S. Presidential Seal - Snopes.com
The Debunker: Does the Presidential Eagle Ever Turn Its Head? - Woot.com
American Myths: Benjamin Franklin’s Turkey and the Presidential Seal - Smithsonian.com