Continental Congresses

Continental Congresses

 

meetings of the representatives of the 13 British colonies immediately before and during the American War of Independence. The First Congress was held from Sept. 5 to Oct. 26, 1774, and the Second from May 10, 1775, to Mar. 2, 1781. The Second Congress exercised legislative and executive power in the insurgent colonies.

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The actions taken and the effects of the actions taken by the First and Second Continental Congresses testify to this fact.
This engaging account of the politics and personalities within the First and Second Continental Congresses makes a consequential but complex story accessible to a general readership.
The complete text of the Journals of the Continental Congresses is available online from the Library of Congress at memory.
Washington was one of Virginia's delegates to the first and second Continental Congresses in 1774 and 1775, and was elected commander of the Continental Army in June 1775.

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