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From Your Editor:
In times of political crisis, we are hardly ever not forced to choose a side. In hopes to end tyranny and unfairness, I have decided to make public my choice. We have too long been subjected to unfairness in a land that we settled and built so that we might have freedom. Freedom, the ever-elusive achievement, always just out of our reach within the confines of Britain's rule, is at our opportunity to catch and build a new nation, with everything we believe in. In short, I am a patriot. Because I want fairness in parliamentary representation, because I wish to choose my own leaders, because I want to have a say in how I am taxed and who I can trade with, and for many other reasons, I am a patriot. For the good of our colonies, for the good of each other, for the good of our children, for the preservation of freedom and democracy, I encourage you to support the patriots as well.
Mourning the Death of A Forefather
We regret to print the news that George Washington, both a former general and president, has died. Eulogized as "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen" by Henry Lee, Mr. Washington's legacy will be a long and influential one. Reports say that George Washington was inspecting his plantation in rain and snow on Thursday, December 12, 1799, then ate supper without changing his wet clothes. The next day, despite a sore throat, he continued to ride around in the snow, and he awoke at about 3 am that Saturday with difficult breathing and being almost completely unable to talk or swallow. He was bloodletted to the the point that half or more of his total blood was gone. Sources say his last words were, "Tis' well." George Washington is perhaps most famous for his military leadership in the Revolutionary War, which some historians suggest would not have been won by America with out General Washington's patriotism, charisma, determination, or strategic brilliance. Mr. Washington was also unanimously elected by the Electoral Collage to win the first term of presidency in the United States of America, and he set the precedent for many practices of future presidents.
Boston Tea Party
Thursday, Dec. 16th 1773 at 12am
Boston, MA, United States
This event was for the protest of the Tea Acts, which put a ridiculous price on tea. Not wanting to be subject to this unfair taxation without representation and to show their anger, colonists formed a plan to protest. Sons of Liberty dressed as Mohawk Native Americans boarded ships and dump (in today's dollars) about $1 million worth of tea into the water. Britain responded with the Intolerable Acts, which prompted more patriotism and anger from the colonies.
First Continental Congress
Sunday, Oct. 26th 177 at 12am to Wednesday, Oct. 26th 1774 at 12am
Philadelphia, PA, United States
This event was a meeting of delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies. It was significant because it was a forming of authority other than Great Britain. Also, this event resulted in some key accomplishments. One thing was a boycott of British goods and also a boycott of West Indies goods unless they stopped importing from England. Imports from England dropped 97% from 1774 to 1775. It also proposed that if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed, the colonies would stop exporting to Britain on September 10, 1775. This was cut off by the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and the Quartering Act. Another accomplishment was to set up the Second Continental Congress, which this time had a delegate from Georgia (all thirteen colonies now) and also was supposed to invite Quebec, Saint John's Island (which is now Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, East Florida, and West Florida, although it appears that invites were only sent out to Quebec, and none of those other colonies sent a delegate anyway (which would have been awkward, since evidence shows they weren't actually invited).