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The delegates were elected in extralegal provincial
committees that were, incidentally, not allowed.
40 - Anyhow, when the congressmen met on September 5,
1774 they had three goals: To define American grievances. To develop a resistance plan. And…the tricky one: to define their constitutional
- After several intense debates, John Adams worked out
a compromise position on the constitutional relationship
thing. It was declared that Americans would obey
Parliament only when they thought that doing so was
best for both countries.
- They also decided that they wanted the Coercive Acts
repealed and that they would start an economic boycott
and petition the king at the same time. The Continental
Association [non-importation of British goods, nonconsumption of British products and non-exportation of
American goods to Britain] was implemented throughout
late 1774 and early 1775.
- To back them up the Continental Congress
recommended that elected committees of observation
and inspection be established throughout America. The
committeemen became leaders of the revolution on the
local level and gained increasing power as time went on
[they spied on people and attacked dissenters in addition
to overseeing the boycott].
- Also during this time the regular colonial governments
were collapsing due to patriot challenges to their
authority through popularly elected provincial
conventions, which usurped the former legislatures’
powers. Through late 1774 and early 1775 these
provincial conventions approved the CA, elected 41 delegates for the Second Continental Congress,
organized militia and gathered arms.
- This stunk for royal officials, who were basically in the
position of having to drive a car after other people
pushed them out from behind the steering wheel [stupid
analogy, but I tried]. Courts would hold sessions, taxes
weren’t paid, etc. – “independence was being won at the
local level but w/o formal acknowledgement.”
*April 19, 1775: T...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2014 for the course APUSH AP United taught by Professor Orban during the Fall '10 term at Harrison High School, Harrison.
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