The Struggle for American Independence: Independence!

In this episode, I cover the independence movements in the colonies. First with Rhode Island and Virginia, which severed their allegiances autonomously and formed independent republican governments prior to the Declaration of Independence. I next move to the Second Continental Congress, where Richard Henry Lee proposed a dissolution resolution, and a committee was formed to create a document to articulate the causes that impelled the American states to the separation. After doing so, I address the structure of the Declaration of Independence, its purposes, its influences, and its ramifications.

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Recommended Readings

The Virginia Declaration of Rights

Virginia Constitution of 1776

The Declaration of Independence

Kevin Gutzman, Virginia’s American Revolution

Mercy Otis Warren, The Rise, Progress, and Termination of the American Revolution

Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty

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