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The musings of a physician who has served the community for over six decades

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In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia created the modern nation-state.

Prohibitory Act of the British Parliament -- 1775
This is the British Act which started the Revolutionary War. The two Legislative bodies should have known better than to react in haste, but the British Parliament in London and its opponent the Continental Congress in Philadelphia -- started the Revolutionary War. Apparently Lord North issued the Prohibitory Act and John Adams responded to it, but the real hotheads were Charles Townsend and William Bradford.

Worksheet: "Boundaries and Leaders"' George Ross Fisher; ISBN....
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Declaration of Independence: Jefferson's Response to Prohibitory Act

George III seems to have been told that actions speak louder than words, and the Prohibitory Act was not meant to demonstrate a need to conciliate. Jefferson's position was about the same as a young press agent for Congress. He went on and on about why the Colonists were the offended party and were going to put up a fight. It seems very doubtful the King paid any attention to what Jefferson said at such great length.

Originally published: Thursday, August 29, 2019; most-recently modified: Thursday, August 29, 2019

 

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