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09/04/2007 Entry: "September 5, 1774: On this date in history ..."

SEPTEMBER 5, 1774. On this date in history, in response to Britain's passage of the Intolerable Acts, the increasingly restless natives of the American colonies opened the First Continental Congress.

Some moderates simply wanted to have more representation in the British government. But Patrick Henry (my hero) was ahead of the pack. He knew that the bonds between us and them were already severed (as the bonds between us and Mordor on the Potomac should be).

According to Wikipedia the Intolerable Acts were passed to punish and isolate Massachusetts rebels after the Boston Tea Party. To say they backfired would be a bit of an understatement. Instead, the acts pulled the rug out from under moderates and united radical agitators up and down the colonies.

Posted by Claire @ 08:52 PM CST

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