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AMERICAN CIVILIZATION UNITED STATES HISTORY 170 Rhett S. James Marcio Carvalheiro History 170 Chapter 5 September 22, 2008 The American Revolution 1. The U.S.A is a federalist system  Three weeks after the battles of Lexington and Concord, when the Second  Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, delegates from every colony (except  Georgia, which had not yet sent a representative) agreed to support the war. But  they disagreed about its purpose. At one extreme was a group led by the Adams  cousins (John and Samuel), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia, and others, who  already favored independence; at the other extreme was a group led by such  moderates as John Dickinson of Pennsylvania,  who hoped for a quick  reconciliation with Great Britain. 1 2. Tradition of war and reconciliation An impassioned patiipl1ct crystallized these feelings in Januar 1 776:  Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. Paine, who had emigrated from England to  America less than two years before, wanted to turn the anger of Americans away  from particular parliamentary measures and toward what he considered the root  of the problem—the English constitution itself. It was simple common sense, he  wrote, for Americans to break completely with a political system that could inflict 
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