Laurie Halse Anderson

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Continental Congress Term Analysis

The Continental Congress refers to two separate 18th-century American legislative bodies. The First Continental Congress first met in 1774 in response to rising tensions with the British; they appointed George Washington the general of the American forces and drafted the Declaration of Independence. The Second Continental Congress was the temporary government of the independent United States during the Revolutionary War. The Congress was initially based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Continental Congress Quotes in Chains

The Chains quotes below are all either spoken by Continental Congress or refer to Continental Congress. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Atheneum Books for Young Readers edition of Chains published in 2010.
Chapter 20 Quotes

As the crowd marched off to make bullets and celebrate liberty and independence in the taverns, I realized dark was fast falling, and I had tarried overly long. I picked up a sliver of lead that lay in the street. It was fringed with gilt; my own piece of majesty. Tyrants beware, I thought as I put it in my pocket.

Related Characters: Isabel (speaker), Madam Lockton
Page Number: 126
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Continental Congress Term Timeline in Chains

The timeline below shows where the term Continental Congress appears in Chains. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...their families. Isabel stifles a yawn as Goldbuttons brings up the fact that the Continental Congress is apparently close to declaring independence. (full context)
Chapter 20
The Personal and the Political Theme Icon
...sees the boy. Ten days after the British ships arrive, the news arrives that the Congress declared independence. Men read the Declaration from the steps of City Hall. Isabel watches them... (full context)
Chapter 36
Freedom Theme Icon
Slavery and Dehumanization Theme Icon
Identity, Memory, and Family Theme Icon
...the war’s progress. The Patriots are doing poorly; they don’t have enough ammunition, and the Congress have fled Philadelphia. Isabel is stunned when she reads that Newport, Rhode Island, fell to... (full context)