The Continental Association was Created by the Continental Congress in Response to the Intolerable Acts

The Continental Association was created by the Continental Congress in 1774 in response to the Coercive Acts, or ‘Intolerable Acts’, which had been passed by the British Parliament to restore order in Massachusetts following the Boston Tea Party. One of the first acts of the First Continental Congress was to create the Continental Association of […]

The First Continental Congress Secretly Meets in Philadelphia to Discuss British Tyranny

On September 5, 1774, every colony but Georgia sent representatives to what is now called the First Continental Congress. They met in secret because they did not want the British to know that the colonies were uniting. At first there were 44 delegates who met in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia. Twelve other delegates reported late. […]

Quote: “When an Army is Sent to Enforce Laws, it is Always an Evidence that… they are Oppressive”

A South Carolina newspaper essay, reprinted in Virginia, urged that any law that had to be enforced by the military was necessarily illegitimate: When an Army is sent to enforce Laws, it is always an Evidence that either the Law makers are conscious that they had no clear and indisputable right to make those Laws, […]

The Quebec Act: The Last of the Intolerable Acts

The Quebec Act was passed by the Parliament of Great Britain on June 22, 1774. The Quebec Act was designed to extend the boundaries of Quebec and guaranteed religious freedom to Catholic Canadians. The Quebec Act was considered one of the Intolerable Acts, a series of oppressive British Laws passed by the Parliament of Great Britain […]

4th Intolerable Act Passed: The Quartering Act of 1774

The purpose of the Quartering Act of 1774 of the Intolerable Acts was to extend the provisions of the previous 1765 Quartering Act giving the governor, rather than the assembly, the authority to enforce arrangements to ensure that the colonists supplied billeting for the troops. The 1765 Quartering Act had required colonial governments to absorb […]