This clip illustrates the debate that occurred during The Second Continental Congress, which took place on May 10, 1775. The meeting was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who declared that the American Revolutionary War had begun. Many of the delegates were in favor of war, while others were opposed to it.
John Dickinson reads a summary of The Declaration and Resolves written by the First Continental Congress. The Declaration is the colonists' response to the Intolerable Acts and other objectionable actions performed by Great Britain. During the reading, John Adam expresses his disapproval of Congress' approach to the issues.