Academic journals for high school students

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William Penn and American liberties: Fruits of his inner light

William Chang

Bellevue Senior High School


William Penn’s impact on the emergence of American liberties remains vastly underreported, underappreciated, and misunderstood. His radically liberal political philosophy, paradoxically fueled by the moral convictions of a devout believer, ushered in an era of individual rights, checks on coercive powers, and the flourishing of civic and economic diversity in a pluralistic society. Through a more refined lens, William Penn emerges as one of the foundational figures in the birth of the United States, serving as the chief architect of quintessential American liberties—a legacy rooted in his Inner Light. This study is a historical analysis of his life and philosophy and a call to arms for students of the American experience to look more deeply into the life of a proto-founding father.

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