Lead: In the mid-1770s, the dispute, principled and personal, between Silas Deane and Arthur Lee illustrated sectional and political tensions that helped define public policy in the infant American Republic.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the thirteen colonies of British North America began to consider breaking away from the mother country, the problems threatening this enterprise were daunting. Britain was the most powerful political and military force on the globe. Those colonials advocating separation were clearly in the minority. Heavy industry was almost non-existent and the colonies’ fountainhead of wealth flowed out of the very nation from which they sought separation. America needed alternative avenues of trade and, above all it needed an ally.

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