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The First Continental Congress

The First Continental Congress - the Crown and the British...

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The First Continental Congress.  Although the representatives attending the First Continental Congress endorsed the  Massachusetts Suffolk Resolves, a set of statements which in addition to condemning  the Coercive Acts called on the colonists to form their own militias, the final declaration  adopted by the Congress was considerably more moderate. The grievances and  resolves were essentially a condemnation of Parliament for denying the colonists the  rights and privileges they traditionally enjoyed as English subjects. In matters of taxation  and internal policy, the colonies, through their legislatures, were free to chart their own  course, subject only to a veto by the king. The declaration sought the repeal of all  legislation enacted since 1763 that ran counter to this basic principle, including the  Intolerable Acts, and a redress of their grievances by appealing not to Parliament but to 
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Unformatted text preview: the Crown and the British people. The Congress was clearly not prepared to completely break with Britain. To specifically fight the Coercive Acts, the representatives agreed to suspend all economic ties—imports, exports, and consumption—with Great Britain. While several colonies had already approved nonimportation agreements, the economic plan was significant in several respects. First, it included a ban on the importation of slaves, not out any moral concern over the evils of slavery but because of the impact a ban would have on the British slave-trade monopoly. Second, the boycott was to be enforced through the committees of correspondence operating under rules set by the newly created Continental Association....
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