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Handout Documents: First Continental Congress Document; Franklin and Son Correspondence 1. The Declarations and Resolves of the First Continental Congress a. Basis of rights: -Immutable laws of nature -Principles of the English constitution -Charters and compacts b. Rights: -Life, liberty, and property -ancestors entitled to all rights, liberties, freedom from tax as subjects in England -Descendants entitled to these rights -To be represented in legislative council, have a say in taxes and internal government -Law of England; to be tried by local peers -English statutes applicable to each colony -Immunities and privileges granted by royal charters or provincial laws -Peacefully assemble and petition the King without persecution -Colonial governments must approve standing armies in times of peace -Colonial legislature, assembly c. Violations of rights: -Acts that impose duties to raise revenue in America -Act blocking the harbor of Boston and altering the government of Massachusetts
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Unformatted text preview: Bay-Act establishing Roman Catholic religion in Quebec, erecting a tyranny-act forcing colonies to quarter English troops -Standing armies in the colonies in peacetime without consent of colony’s legislature d. Actions taken-Nonimportation, nonconsumption, and nonexportation agreement-Prepare address (statement of facts) to Britain and American colonies-Prepare address to the king listing grievances and resolutions 2. Affectionate father, Dutiful Son: Benjamin and William Franklin and the Coming of the American Revolution To Benjamin Franklin: I can not help but think that the act of disinheriting your son was hasty and brash, fueled by the anger of the moment. The war for independence saw many families on opposing sides, but there was still hope for a peaceful reconciliation. Now you have separated yourself from him completely, and all chances of seeing again the son you once loved have vanished....
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  • Fall '10
  • Jacobs
  • Benjamin Franklin, American Revolution, United States Declaration of Independence, Thirteen Colonies, Second Continental Congress

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