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: During the early months of the Second Continental Congress in spring and summer 1775, there were serious divisions between those committed to independence and the advocates of reconciliation with Britain even after the shedding of blood in Massachusetts. This reflected the deep notional schizophrenia that gripped this Congress and the colonies it represented. Yet, as each week passed, the reality facing the Americans pushed the Congress in the direction of confrontation. When word arrived of the capture of Fort Ticonderoga, the initial reaction was hesitation, but soon the congressional spirit moved in a more martial direction. It first sent a letter to the Canadians, whom Congress deemed “fellow sufferers,” calling on its northern neighbor to join the struggle for “liberty.” Then in late June, Congress authorized an invasion to secure Canada led by General Philip Schuyler.

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