Thomas Jefferson

Political Tensions 1770-1775

Summary Political Tensions 1770-1775

Always ahead of the contemporary curve, blessed with the benefits and cursed with the burdens of such vision, Jefferson found himself cursing from afar when he received news of the minutes from the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. While the delegates assembled there had censured several imperial policy decisions, and had united in a uniform boycott of British goods, Jefferson believed that they had not gone far enough in their protests. In closing, the delegates had agreed to reconvene in May 1775 if the imperial government had failed to take necessary steps in redressing colonial grievances. What had started as a string of isolated power struggles was quickly transforming into an organized insurrection.

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