The Second Continental Congress Making it official
The Second Continental Congress May 1775 Philadelphia All the important people are there: Sam Adams John Adams John Hancock Ben Franklin Patrick Henry George Washington Thomas Jefferson Results of Meeting 1. Created an army and put George Washington in command. 2. Sent one last “let’s be friends” letter to the King. The Olive Branch Petition.
Common Sense • Colonists who chose to fight for independence: were called Patriots • Colonists who stayed loyal to England: • Loyalists • Tories • Many colonists didn’t want to join the independence movement: • Didn’t understand why • Against their religion
Common Sense • Thomas Paine writes a pamphlet (booklet) in 1776 – Common Sense • Written in everyday language • Explained why it is O.K. to go against England. • It’s not against religion if leader is a TYRANT. • Tyrant – someone who abuses his power. • Common Sense caused many people to join the movement for independence. Thomas Paine