The Dubious Achievement of the First Continental Congress

Thompson, James C.

Editore: Commonwealth Books of Virginia, 2005
ISBN 10: 0982592221 / ISBN 13: 9780982592229
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Riassunto: While waiting anxiously for the Royal Navy to seal the Port of Boston on 1 June 1774, Sam Adams revised his political strategy. He scrapped the Patriotic Movement he had led during the previous decade. In its place he established an Independence Movement. No longer would American colonials seek to adjudicate their grievances against their British governors. Henceforward they would strive to sever the bands that tied them to England. This new political purpose required a new political logic. It was no longer practical to argue that Parliament was violating the constitutional rights of the king’s loyal American subjects. Sam and John Adams realized that the time had come to play their ace. The king was a tyrant, they now claimed, and he was violating the rights Nature’s author vested in all men to “life, liberty, and property.” Author James Thompson explains that when John Adams unveiled this claim in the First Continental Congress he roused a hornet’s nest of opposition. Sharply divided, the Congress refused to endorse the Bill of Rights in which Adams invoked colonial rights “by Nature”.  Thompson reconstructs the debate and provides the long-missing explanation for how Adams’ orphan Bill of Rights found its way into the Journal of the Congress, which it did after the Congress adjourned.

About the Author: James Thompson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. His interest in American history developed during his years as a graduate student when he lived on the Shadwell, Virginia farm of Thomas Jefferson's daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. He finished his first book as a Batten Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville.  He has taught Moral Philosophy and the History of Western Civilization at Strayer University. He has lectured at William & Mary College and Christopher Newport University on the social history of Virginia. He has lectured at George Mason University on the Patriotic Movement and the debate in the 1st Continental Congress about the sources of rights of British Americans. His current book, The Dubious Achievement of the 1st Continental Congress, is the second in Commonwealth Books' "Pocket Book" Illustrated Histories series.

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Titolo: The Dubious Achievement of the First ...
Casa editrice: Commonwealth Books of Virginia
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
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