Washington, Henry, and Pendelton on their way to the First Continental Congress
Washington, Henry, and Pendelton on their way to the First Continental Congress
 
 
Building where the First Continental Congress was held
Building where the First Continental Congress was held
 
 
Saying a prayer before the Congress began
Saying a prayer before the Congress began
 
 
Discussion to halt trade with Britain
Discussion to halt trade with Britain
 
First Continental Congress
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

A group of colonists met to talk about Bostonís troubles in September 1774. They wanted to talk over Britain's harsh acts following the tea party. They were upset about how Boston was being treated.

The group met in Philadelphia. The meeting is known as the First Continental Congress. It included men from every colony except Georgia. George Washington, Sam and John Adams, and Patrick Henry attended the meeting.

Congress members wrote a polite letter to King George III. The colonists complained about the unfair things Britain had done. They demanded that Parliament respect their rights as colonists. As the members worked, they felt more united. Patrick Henry said, I am not a Virginian, but an American.

The Congress members voted to end all trade with Britain until the wrongs were righted. They told the colonies to set up army units to defend themselves if needed. The King and Parliament ignored Congress's demands.

Resource information

Bohannon, L. F. (2004). The American Revolution. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co.

Dolan, E. F. (1995). The American Revolution: How we fought the War of Independence. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press.

Dorf, P., & In McKee, S. D. (1937). Visualized American history: Unit organization. New York: Oxford Book Co.

Maestro, B., & Maestro, G. (2005). Liberty or death: The American Revolution, 1763-1783. New York: HarperCollins.

Osborne, M. P., & Boyce, N. P. (2013). Magic tree house fact tracker #11: American revolution. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

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