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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