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The Road to Independen10

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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation At the suggestion of the Virginia House of Burgesses, colonial representatives met in  Philadelphia on September 5, 1774, "to consult upon the present unhappy state of the  Colonies." Delegates to this meeting, known as the First Continental Congress, were  chosen by provincial congresses or popular conventions.  Only Georgia failed to send a  delegate; the total number of 55 was large enough for diversity of opinion, but small  enough for genuine debate and effective action. The division of opinion in the colonies  posed a genuine dilemma fo r the delegates. They would have to give an appearance of firm unanimity to induce the  British government to make concessions.  But they also would have to avoid any show 
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Unformatted text preview: of radicalism or spirit of independence that would alarm more moderate Americans. A cautious keynote speech, followed by a "resolve" that no obedience was due the Coercive Acts, ended with adoption of a set of resolutions affirming the right of the colonists to "life, liberty, and property," and the right of provincial legislatures to set "all cases of taxation and internal polity." The most important action taken by the Congress, however, was the formation of a "Continental Association" to reestablish the trade boycott. It set up a system of committees to inspect customs entries, publish the names of merchants who violated the agreements, confiscate their imports, and encourage frugality, economy, and industry....
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