The first Continental Congress first talks of independence most colonies

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The first Continental Congress : first talks of independence; most colonies represented Fall 1774 – Philadelphia – 56 delegates They were concerned about the extent of British rule Drafted the "Declaration of Rights and Resolves" : this is what they decided to write to British government; here’s what’s wrong and what to do about it; King laughed at it
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Agreed to meet again in May of 1775 : things are getting worse; they vote to raise an army; Founding Fathers put up their own money for militia The second Continental Congress Met in May 1775 Decided to raise an army in response to an increase in British troops – George Washington named commander-in-chief : troops volunteered at first, with promise of payment Sent Ben Franklin to France to solicit support for American independence: he went to France to find “investors” in 1776; they chose Ben because he was the most worldly; “my enemy’s enemy, is my friend;” Louis gave him ships and supplies (Revolutionary War) Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet Common Sense that was distributed widely among the colonies : written in layman’s terms; get the word out on why we want to fight for independence Laid the groundwork for impending American independence Declaration of Independence June 7, 1776 – written as part of the Second Continental Congress they finally got enough support Five men were chosen to draft the document: Ben Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston Roger Sherman and Thomas Jefferson (he actually penned the document) They were to draft a document that would "stand for all time" It was influenced heavily by John Locke’s Social Contract Theory Did not give the details of the government that would follow independence : one thing at a time, they decided to meet after they won July 4, 1776 the second Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence Problems with the Articles of Confederation: They had this for more than 10 years; the 13 states were not acting unified
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