It was declared that americans would obey parliament

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Unformatted text preview: to protest the acts. 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 relationship w/Britain. - 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 - They also decided that they wanted the Coercive Acts repealed and that they would start an economic boycott and petition the king at the same time.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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