Totally Dissolved: The Lee Resolution and Independence

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June 7, 1776: Following instructions from Virginia's Fifth Revolutionary Convention, Richard Henry Lee introduced a resolution in the Second Continental Congress to declare independence, along with a call to form foreign alliances, and a “plan for confederation.” As Mercy Otis Warren described it, “Their transactions might have been legally styled treasonable, but loyalty had lost its influence, and power its terrors.” Path to Liberty: June 7, 2021