The Life & Family of William Penn ~ recent talk in Philadelphia

A recording of a recent talk I delivered in Philadelphia, USA on ‘The Life and Family of William Penn – 260 years of bloody colonialism’  is now available ~ just click here.






About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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5 Responses to The Life & Family of William Penn ~ recent talk in Philadelphia

  1. Christina Smythe says:

    William Penn was a man who continued to spread his ideology and defend Quakers freedom. He was not afraid of persecution. Someone should create a page for William on Evertalk –

    • Jacklyn Johnson says:

      In the eyes of many, he set the foundation for federal government as we know it today. Thanks for the heads up on the Evertalk page Christina.

      • Jim McNeill says:

        Yes, Penn does get almost universal criedit for writing the forerunner of the American Constitution. His work was based on previous writings of the Levelers of both England and West Jersey. It’s important, I think, to understand that he was not working or writing in a vacume – he was following what had been written before by people far more radical and democratic than himself.

    • Jim McNeill says:

      Thank you so much for your comments. All the above is true ~ in fact, of course he defended the right of all Christian’s and Jews to practice their faiths. However there are other aspects of WP’s life and work that also need to be acknowledged, explored and aired. These include being a slave owner and a promoter of the slave trade as well as being an absentee landlord in England, occupied Irleand and colonial Pa. It’s time to end the silence on these and other issues, I believe.

    • Jim McNeill says:

      Hi Christina, I ment to mention that I’ve started a blog on the Life of William Penn at

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