Definition: Two groups of
people from all over the 13 Colonies who came together to
discuss liberty. The First Continental Congress was a
group of 56 delegates from 12 colonies (all except Georgia)
who met in Philadelphia in September of 1774. They came
together to act together in response to the Intolerable
Acts. They met in secret because they didn't want Great
Britain to know that they were united. The Second
Continental Congress met in 1775, when the Revolutionary
war had started. Things were going badly, and the armed
forces were disorganized. The Continental Congress created
the Continental Army and named George Washington as
commander-in-chief. The Congress continued through the
summer. Out of the discussions came the Declaration of
Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Marines
The backdrop to the story.
on the Web:
Overview of the times and doings of the First CC.
Follow the progress of this second group and see how they
ended up with the Declaration of Independence.
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