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Franklin also founded the American Philosophical Society.When Thomas Paine wanted to publish his manuscript on the errors and contradictions in Christianity and the Bible, Franklin told him to burn it because it was not constructive and could undermine the morality of the people.
Slavery, considered essential by plantation owners in the South, was reluctantly permitted in the Constitution, even though it contradicted the universal rights that were enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and violated the Protestant conscience (as expressed in the Abolitionist movement). The nation became a center for invention and technological development; major technologies that America either developed or was greatly involved in improving are electricity, the telephone, the automobile, television, computers, the Internet, nuclear power, air travel, space travel, and genetic engineering.After World War II the United States emerged as one of two superpowers, the other being the Soviet Union.After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States was left as the world's leading military power.The European colonization of the Americas began after Christopher Columbus (re)discovered them in 1492. Yet the saga of the United States began with Columbus's European discovery.There is speculation that Norwegian expeditions to North America led by Leif Eriksson c. In the seventeenth century, many British, Dutch, and German colonists began migrating to North America seeking freedom and economic opportunity.