Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: Perhaps one of the most pitiful players to emerge from the conflict between Britain and the colonies in the 1760s was Massachusetts Royal Governor Francis Bernard. A mild-mannered bureaucrat, he was caught between the demands of an increasingly obstinate London establishment and the political reality in a colonial constituency that was slipping far beyond his control. By the early months of 1768 Bernard had been on the job for nearly a decade though the political deterioration really began to accelerate with the passage of the Sugar and Stamp taxes and the intense reaction to them.

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