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The Early 1770s—The Flame of Independence is Kindled

Join our four part virtual journey on the road to the creation of The Declaration of Independence. Highlights of this series are reflections about the Boston Massacre, Petitions for Manumission, the establishment of the Committees of Correspondence and discussion about the tea act.

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Premiere June 28 at noon ET
"The Fatal 5th of March 1770, Can Never be Forgotten! Dr. Joseph Warren"
On the second annual commemoration of the Boston Massacre, Dr. Joseph Warren gives his speech to the citizens of Boston, pointing out the injustices of British parliamentary laws. Registration coming soon!

Premiere June 29 at noon ET
"Let my people go! Reflections on the Appointment of William, Earl of Dartmouth, by Phillis Wheatley, 1772, and the 1773 Petition for Manumission from Felix to Governor Hutchinson"
In the early 1770s, two enslaved people, Phillis Wheatley and a man named Felix, imagine independence for people of color. Registration coming soon!

Premiere June 30 at noon ET
“Origins and Objectives of the Committees of Correspondence”
Thomas Jefferson provides an examination of the origins of the Committees of Correspondence and relates grievances that we will see again in the 1776 Declaration of Independence. Registration coming soon!

Premiere July 1 at Noon ET
“Liberty Tea!– An Examination of the Act That Broke the Camel’s Back”
After the American tea protests of 1773 and 1774, Mercy Otis Warren and Samuel Adams join Abigail Adams at tea time for coffee and conversation. Registration coming soon!