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If Founding Father Benjamin Franklin had his way, the role of turkeys in American society might be very different. In writing a letter to his daughter, Franklin lamented that the eagle, rather than the turkey, was the new symbol of the young nation.
Comparing the turkey to the eagle, Franklin said:
“For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.”
Had Franklin been more forceful, the turkey might today be the symbol of the United States. Who knows? In such a scenario, it’s likely that American’s would no longer find appetizing the thought of a turkey’s charred carcass, and instead might enjoy a traditional bald eagle egg omelette.