Excerpts from: Americanism Redux: June 13, on the journey to the American Founding, 250 years ago today, in 1774

More community meetings occur in the aftershock of enforcement of the Boston Port Act. In Boston the Solemn League and Covenant has stirred up a backlash, while in Virginia groups gather in various counties like Loudoun County to consider strong resistance to the new law. Violence grows along the Ohio River valley as Natives and colonists clash over control of land seizures and hunting grounds. The legislature of Rhode Island enacts the first colony-wide anti-slavery law in the New World. Despite major exemptions and exceptions, the law is significant. Its timing  is suggestive of the consequences of opposition to British imperial rule.

And as the British Parliament debates a new colonial law called the Quebec Act, explorers from western Europe encounter natives in Tibet and the Pacific Northwest.

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Reference: The Remnant Trust Collection

A secret wedding is about to occur in Boston. Lucy Flucker defies her parents’ wishes and plans to marry Henry Knox. Both Lucy and Henry are strong supporters of colonial rights, a fact that outrages Lucy’s England-loving father and mother. They know that Henry is studying war and military training in his Boston bookshop. The Remnant Trust Item (#0035), “The Self-Interpreting Bible,” is a copy of the Bible, published in 1792, with Henry Knox as one of its first subscribers.

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