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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 Corps.

Related Resources:
Colonial America
The backdrop to the story.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The First Continental Congress
Overview of the times and doings of the First CC.

The Second Continental Congress
Follow the progress of this second group and see how they ended up with the Declaration of Independence.

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