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Becoming Independent

Alexander Tsesis

in For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195379693
eISBN:
9780199949847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379693.003.0002
Subject:
History, Political History

The American colonies began cooperating politically against British rule even before they adopted the Declaration of Independence. In 1774, delegates from twelve of thirteen colonies gathered in ... More


The Continental Congress and Emerging Ideas of Church–State Separation

Derek H. Davis

in No Establishment of Religion: America’s Original Contribution to Religious Liberty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860371
eISBN:
9780199950164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860371.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Continental Congress is known for having made several positive references to religion and is cited by many as illustrating the founders’ understanding that the state may play a positive role in ... More


The Challenge of Congress: September–December 1774

Peter D.G. Thomas

in Tea Party to Independence: The Third Phase of the American Revolution 1773-1776

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201427
eISBN:
9780191674877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201427.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

The government of British Prime Minister Lord North would take no further policy decisions on America until information arrived concerning both the reception in Massachusetts of the Intolerable Acts, ... More


The Outbreak of War: March–July 1775

Peter D.G. Thomas

in Tea Party to Independence: The Third Phase of the American Revolution 1773-1776

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201427
eISBN:
9780191674877
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201427.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

During the early weeks of 1775, there were reports that British Prime Minister Lord North had decided not to dispatch any more soldiers to America, and that repeal of the Intolerable Acts could be ... More


The Declaration of American Independence

Ann Fairfax Withington

in Toward a More Perfect Union: Virtue and the Formation of American Republics

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195068351
eISBN:
9780199853984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068351.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses the gradual processes which gave way to the independence of American colonists from British rule. The chapter looks at the ideology and principles that surrounded the Boston ... More


Enforcement

Ann Fairfax Withington

in Toward a More Perfect Union: Virtue and the Formation of American Republics

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195068351
eISBN:
9780199853984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195068351.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter talks about the enforcement of the moral code of behavior which Congress passed, the criticism it faced, and the measures with which the code of conduct thrived to maintain unanimity and ... More


Legitimacy

Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick

in The Age of Federalism

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195093810
eISBN:
9780199854127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093810.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter discusses the ratification of the new Constitution of the United States and the role several people played during the process including the first President of the United States, George ... More


Catholic Canadians and Protestant Pluralism in the Early Republic

Elizabeth Fenton

in Religious Liberties: Anti-Catholicism and Liberal Democracy in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195384093
eISBN:
9780199893584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384093.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Anglo-American reactions the English Parliament’s 1774 passage of the Quebec Act, which legalized the practice of Roman Catholicism in the formerly French colony. Through ... More


“There Are, Thank God, Natural, Inherent and Inseparable Rights as Men …”: The Architecture of American Rights

Peter de Bolla

in The Architecture of Concepts: The Historical Formation of Human Rights

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254385
eISBN:
9780823261178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254385.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter traces the history of debate in the colonies during the mid eighteenth century and leading up to the First Continental Congress around the issue of rights. It demonstrates how a new ... More


The King’s Famous Prisoner

Phillip Papas

in Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767658
eISBN:
9781479851218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767658.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter focuses on Charles Lee's experience as a prisoner at the hands of the British. At New Brunswick, Lee languished in a small jail cell for more than a month. Some British officers were ... More


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