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8th Grade American Revolution: First Continental Congress

Events leading up to the Revolutionary War as well as important battles of the Revolutionary War.

First Continental Congress

On September 5, 1774, delegates from each of the 13 colonies except for Georgia met in Philadelphia as the First Continental Congress to organize colonial resistance to Parliament’s Coercive Acts.  The Congress was structured with emphasis on the equality of participants, and to promote free debate. After much discussion, the Congress issued a Declaration of Rights, affirming its loyalty to the British Crown but disputing the British Parliament’s right to tax it. 

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