LFM: Boston Tea Party

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: On a cold December night in 1773 approximately sixty men disguised with printer's ink and paint boarded three cargo ships lying at anchor in Boston Harbor. They tossed into the water 340 chests of prime Cantonese tea belonging to the British East India Company. For generations Americans have been told the story of the Boston Tea Party as the desperate act of a tiny group of frustrated patriots striking out at an oppressive British government bent on revenue enhancement at the colonies' expense. "Taxation without representation." Yet, that was not all the story.

Royal Navy Loses the American Revolution – I

Lead: By changing its tactics, the handlers of the Royal Navy contributed a great deal to Britain loss of its colonies during the American Revolution. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts. 

                Content: The American Revolution was in constant doubt in the early years. Save a few tactical victories during 1776 and 1777, Continental forces reeled under powerful hammering from both British army and navy. With no need to watch their rear flank naval units were able to supply and support the regiments of General Sir Henry Clinton as they evacuated Boston, crushed George Washington’s dwindling forces in New York and captured Philadelphia. In the euphoria surrounding this string of victories, few noted this was a serious misuse of the Royal Navy, which should have been trying to seal up the porous colonial coastline and thus prevent vital supplies and munitions from reaching the rebels.

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The Mecklenburg “Declaration of Independence” – II

Lead:  On May 31, 1775 delegates meeting in Charlotte the seat of Mecklenburg County North Carolina passed a set of resolves providing for orderly government as the bonds between Britain and its colonies were breaking up. This event became the basis for the so-called "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence."

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As the years passed the events of the Revolutionary Era faded in memory. People began to forget that there was much dissension between Americans over Independence. Many people fought on the side of the British and only late in the war slipped over to the Patriot side. It is not surprising that by the 1820s Americans in all sections were clambering for recognition as being among the earliest and most enthusiastic supporters of Revolution. In fact, the break from Britain was a dicey affair with the outcome very much in doubt and the colonies split.

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