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  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

Continental Congress: September 5, 1774, to March 2, 1781: United States in Congress Assembled: March 2, 1781, to October 10, 1788
Continental Congress: September 5, 1774, to March 2, 1781: United States in Congress assembled: March 2, 1781, to October 10, 1788
  • First Continental Congress—September 5, 1774, to October 26, 1774
  • Second Continental Congress—May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1781
  • United States in Congress Assembled—March 2, 1781, to October 10, 1788
Historical Background

Most of delegates who assembled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 5, 1774, for the First Continental Congress were instructed to focus on the redress of specific grievances against the Crown. As representatives of Great Britain's North American colonies, most thought that they could quickly “reestablish satisfactory, if not harmonious, relations with England.” The delegates “were established social, ...

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