The Road to Independenc9

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The Road to Independence Rebellion that made a  new  nation The Continental Association immediately assumed the leadership in the colonies,  spurring new local organizations to end what remained of royal authority. Led by the pro- independence leaders, they drew their support not only from the less well-to-do, but  from many members of the professional class (especially lawyers), most of the planters  of the Southern colonies, and a number of merchants. They intimidated the hesitant into  joining the popular movement and punished the hostile; began the collection of military  supplies and the mobilization of troops; and fanned public opinion into revolutionary  ardor. Many of those opposed to British encroachment on American rights nonetheless favored  discussion and compromise as the proper solution. This group included Crown-
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Unformatted text preview: appointed officers, Quakers and members of other religious sects opposed to the use of violence, numerous merchants (especially in the middle colonies), and some discontented farmers and frontiersmen in the Southern colonies. The king might well have effected an alliance with these moderates and, by timely concessions, so strengthened their position that the revolutionaries would have found it difficult to proceed with hostilities. But George III had no intention of making concessions. In September 1774, scorning a petition by Philadelphia Quakers, he wrote, "The die is now cast, the Colonies must either submit or triumph." This action isolated Loyalists who were appalled and frightened by the course of events following the Coercive Acts....
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