I have been "tagged" (which is a good thing, I think) by Karen to do a book meme that seems to be on its second trip around blog community. Here goes:
Grab the closest book to you. Resist the urge to get hold of one of the cooler, intellectual ones! You've gotta be honest. Turn to page 123. Go down five sentences, and then post the next three sentences in your blog. Simple.
The book closest to me now is the book I'm currently reading, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood. Page 123 puts you in the section titled "Becoming A Patriot." Five sentences put you at the start of the second paragraph and this passage:
Following the repeal of the Stamp Act, Franklin had begun to imagine an empire in which all the colonies were tied to Great Britain solely through the king, at least until some sort of fair and equal representation of the colonies in Parliament could be worked out. "In this View they seem so many separate little States, subject to the Same Prince." Modern historians have called this a "commonwealth" theory of the empire because it anticipated the idea of the empire expressed in the Statute of Westminster of 1931, which established the modern Commonwealth of Nations in which the independent dominions are tied together solely by their common allegiance to the Crown.
Captivating stuff, huh? Actually, over all the book is pretty interesting, if not exactly exciting. It's full of things that I didn't know about Franklin and his views going into America's independence. While colonialists were rioting over the Stamp Act and dumping tea in Boston Harbor, Franklin was over in London, sure that it was the British Parliament that Americans hated, not the King. He remained loyal to the King way longer than most revolutionists, and many were suspect of his loyalty to the American cause long after he pledged his support to it.
What amazes me is that all through school, right up to my last semester of college, I hated History class. And now here I am reading a history book on my own.
Now I'm supposed to tag three people, but I happen to know that my blog is read by a lot of people who don't have blogs (and one who rarely updates her blog), so I'll invite them, and anyone else, to participate in the comments section.
Update: They're coming in fast and furious - yep, I've been tagged again! This time by Scott (who, I'm sure I don't have to tell you, is "the most influential blogger in Philadelphia") over at his blog, Blankbaby. I think that one's going to have to wait until tomorrow.