‘Birds of Bad Moral Character,’ and Other Food-ish Facts for the Fourth of July

Our_National_Birds1). Birds of bad moral character.  You know how the bald eagle is the US’s national bird, and the turkey is our most delicious iconic main dish at the Thanksgiving feast?

Well, Benjamin Franklin had initially proposed the turkey as our national bird, but his proposal was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who preferred the bald eagle. Benjamin Franklin wrote of his displeasure that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation”

“He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly,” he wrote. “You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Fishing Hawk.”

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