American Revolution Podcast

Episode 064: The Second Continental Congress Begins

September 30, 2018

In May 1775, the Second Continental Congress begins after the war has already started.  Delegates must play catchup.  They have to decide whether they will support the war and what their goals are. 

Delegates agree to send one more petition to the King in hopes of pulling out a peace deal. Most delegates though, realize this is pointless. 

Congress supports the war.  The only debate is whether victory means full independence, or simply a better guarantee of colonial rights. Congress creates a Continental Army and selects Virginia Delegate George Washington to lead it.

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