Monthly Archives: May 2012

Text of the Massachusetts Constitution

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PREAMBLE The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government is to secure the existence of the body-politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying, in safety and tranquillity, their natural rights and the blessings of life; and whenever these great objects are not obtained […] more

The Massachusetts Constitution

State House Boston

Thoughts on Government As revolution entered its second stage John Adams counseled Congress that the next step towards independence was to build America’s own institutions. John made his view public in a pamphlet published anonymously in April 1776, titled Thoughts on Government.  This pamphlet had an enormous impact on the way government was structured and […] more

The Declaration of Independence

Declaration of independence

Congress adjourned in late July 1775 and the Massachusetts delegation returned home. After a four month absence John was anxious to see his family but as soon as he arrived home he was informed that his brother Elihu had died of dysentery. Adams spent his time in Massachusetts with his family and attending sessions in […] more

Second Continental Congress

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

The Second Continental Congress succeeded the  and took place in Philadelphia starting on May 10th 1775 right after the. . Independence Hall, home to the Second Continental Congress. . Congress was divided into three factions. One group of conservatives led by John Dickinson, the author of the Letters from a farmer in Pennsylvania, who fought […] more