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2 The Road to Lexington and Concord Chapter 6, Section 3 P

3 Warm Up Review your notes What brought us to the brink of war? What effect did the Intolerable Acts have on the colonies? How did the colonies come to the aid of Massachusetts?

4 First Continental Congress Met in Philadelphia September 5, 1774 –Carpenter Hall –All colonies sent delegates except Georgia –Why did Georgia not send representatives? –Fighting Native Americans and needed the support of the British Stayed in meetings or session until late October What did they discuss?

5 1st Continental Congress cont.. They did not talk about independence from Britain –The colonies wanted to remain under British control –They wanted issues addressed Wanted the wrongs inflected upon the colonies corrected –Wanted the Intolerable Acts repealed –Colonies would ban all trade with Britain until this was done –Called on all the colonies to train troops Hoped all this would get them heard in London

6 Results of the Congress Important friendships formed: will help later –George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Adams, and Sam Adams all met Colonies not ready for independence, but wanted to uphold their rights Meeting planted the seeds of a future independent government Agreed to meet again in 7 months, if necessary: and it would be!!! Drafted a Declaration of Rights and Grievances –Addressed to King George –Professed the colonies loyalty to the King, not Parliament

7 Signatures of the Delegates

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9 Carpenter Hall 1774

10 Carpenter Hall today

11 On the Eve of War The colonists were hopeful after the Continental Congress –Felt the trade boycott would work –It worked in the past, why not now Parliament had other ideas –Stood firm and would not repeal the Intolerable Acts –Increased trade restrictions –Sent more troops

12 Eve of War cont.. Colonists were prepared to fight Massachusetts had Committee of Safety –Headed by John Hancock –Had the power to call the militia –Force of armed civilians pledged to defend their community –Massachusetts had the Minutemen Trained to act in a minutes warning Main job of the committee--defend the publics welfare

13 The Committee of Safety

14 Eve of War cont.. Colonists knew that a fight would happen –Felt that a show of force would make Britain change its policies A few felt that a WAR would happen Patrick Henry did

15 Patrick Henry B. May 29, 1736 D. June 6, 1799 Fiery lawyer from Virginia: taught himself Member of the House of Burgesses Prominent figure in Virginia Led a militia unit in defense of a Virginia gun powder reserve Gave his famous Give me liberty or give me death speech Did not want separation from Britain, and opposed the Constitution in the 2nd Continental Congress Elected 1st governor of Virginia

16 Patrick Henry


18 Assignment Read Patrick Henrys famous speech made to the Virginia House of Burgesses. Each group will be responsible for a section Analyze your section, then explain what it means to the class When that is done, answer these questions What does it mean--give me liberty or give me death? Explain what message Henry wanted to get across to the House. How would you feel if this speech was given to you? Take into consideration the events about to unfold

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