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The Continental Congress at a Glance

The Continental Congress at a Glance

The Continental Congress was comprised of a group of delegates. Each group of delegates constituted a representative for their respective colonies in America. All of these delegates came together to form what is considered to be the first governing body of America. The Continental Congress was the governing body of America during the American Revolution. This was a critical time for the nation because it was when America was declaring independence from England and was formally trying to establish itself as a nation.
Over the span of fifteen years from 1774 to 1789, the Continental Congress met together to discuss action and formal planning for what would become the United States. The first time the Continental Congress met was in 1774. During this time, America was engaged in separation from England; one that many of the colonists had yet to fully accept. However, though there was still loyalty to the motherland, there was a desire to have England treat the colonies fairly and justly. At this particular meeting, there were delegates from all but one of the colonies.
The second time the Continental Congress met was in 1775. At this point in time more of the colonists and delegates had resolved that there needed to be a total separation between England and America. Only a few of the individuals still hung on to the hope of reconciliation. From here, progressive steps were made during the Continental Congress to build up an army and to plan legal emancipation from England. Later, the Continental Congress would form a government for America.

What was the First Continental Congress?

What was the First Continental Congress?

 

The First Continental Congress was held on September 1, 1774. This was a meeting of delegates from 12 out of the 13 colonies that made up colonial day America. Delegates from the province of Georgia were not requested or provided in regards to the First Continental Congress. This is because at the time the province of Georgia was a location comprised of convicts and were not included in the decision-making process regarding this Congress.
The First Continental Congress was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From the twelve colonies that had provided delegates, there were a total of 56 men who came together. At this juncture in time, there was a great gap of interest between colonists regarding the separation of the colonies from England. Many colonists still had loyalty to England and hoped that resolution could be made by the two bodies. For others, there was a distinct need to separate from England for good.
However, one common feeling from the First Continental Congress was that there was a need for changes regarding the way in which England treated the colonies. The colonies demanded fairness and respect from England. This incendiary call for action and for the First Continental Congress came about after the Coercive Acts, more commonly referred to as the Intolerable Acts, were set in place. These Acts were laws passed by England and implemented into the colonies in order to keep control over them. Though the First Continental Congress tried to stop the Acts, they were unsuccessful. However, the First Continental Congress brought the delegates together and inspired more proactive action and organization in order to gain the rights and respect they had desired.