The First Continental Congress, 1774

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    Allyn Cox
    Oil on Canvas
    1973-1974
    Great Experiment Hall
    Cox Corridors

    Delegates from all thirteen colonies met in 1774 in Philadelphia to discuss responses to increased British oppression. This convention, the First Continental Congress, formally declared that colonists should have the same rights as Englishmen; they also agreed to form the Continental Association, which called for the suspension of trade with Great Britain. The mural depicts an oration by Patrick Henry in Carpenters' Hall.

    Left: A colonist is shown making a tax payment. Taxation without representation was a major complaint against the royal government.

    Right: A soldier blocks the path of a woman and child, symbolizing the armed occupation that incensed many colonists.

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