Franklin was at sea, on his way home from London, when the Battles of Concord and Lexington broke out. By the time he landed in Philadelphia, the colonies were at war with Britain. Without missing a beat, Franklin embraced the Revolutionary War. The day after his arrival, he was unanimously elected as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He immediately became one of the most radical members of the Congress, proposing a unified American government that would have given the central government even greater powers than the United States Constitution eventually did. From March to May of 1776, Franklin participated in a mission to Canada, where he unsuccessfully tried to convince colonists there to join the revolt against Britain. Back in Philadelphia that summer, he helped Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of Independence. Franklin was a radical at home as well. He drafted a Pennsylvania Declaration of Rights,
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