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Massachusetts. Colony. Legislature By the Great and General Court of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay: A Proclamation.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00905 Author/Creator: Massachusetts. Colony. Legislature Place Written: [Watertown, Massachusetts] Type: Broadside Date: 23 January 1776 Pagination: 1 broadside ; 43.8 x 35.2 cm.

Summary of Content: This document explains the Revolutionary views of the House of Representatives of the colony of Massachusetts Bay. The writing covers the philosophy behind Massachusetts as a colony and as a free state. Signed at end: "God Save the People"

People: Massachusetts. Colony. Legislature

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Freedom and IndependenceGovernment and CivicsRevolutionary WarState Constitution

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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