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“That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations. “ Suffolk Resolves September 17, 1774

 The Suffolk Resolves were primarily authored by Joseph Warren. Suffolk County, which included Boston, was written in reaction to the Massachusetts Government Act. The act revoked the Charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and denied the colonists the right to elect the colony’s executive counsel. It further forbade town meetings such as the one which produced the Suffolk Resolves. Rather than causing the colonists to crumble, the Massachusetts Government Act strengthened the resolve, particularly of those in Boston, to resist the tyrannical rule of Britain. Read the Suffolk Resolves in its entirety :

What civil and religious rights and liberties have been guaranteed for us by our forefathers? Learn about them in my book, Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution

Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.