First Continental Congress (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: The beginning of an independent American government, paving the way for separation from Great Britain.
Summary of Event
On September 5, 1774, representatives from all the American colonies, except far-off and thinly settled Georgia, assembled at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia to begin the business of the First Continental Congress. The significance that Americans attached to the meeting is revealed in the quality of the men chosen to attend: Peyton Randolph, George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Richard Henry Lee of Virginia; John and Samuel Adams of Massachusetts; John and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina; Roger Sherman of Connecticut; and John Dickinson and Joseph Galloway of Pennsylvania. “There are in the congress,” noted John Adams in his diary, “a collection of the greatest men upon this Continent in point of abilities, virtues, and fortune.” The greatest potential, as Adams recognized, belonged not to the old and well-tried politicians but to younger men. The future lay with colonial leaders such as John Adams, George Washington, and John Jay, many of whom first became acquainted with one another during the September and October deliberations in Philadelphia.
After Parliament imposed the Coercive Acts upon Massachusetts, the cause of that colony became the cause of all American colonies. If Parliament were permitted to chastise one colony legislatively, it might choose...
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