June 26, 2021 — 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Behind the Scenes — Debate for Independence
We’re changing the timing due to the number of people who signed up in advance. That’s the problem with these complex events, we need advanced sales to project how long to stay.
I will play John Dickenson and debate and discuss voting on the Declaration of Independence. We will explore Dickenson’s disquiet with the haste of the vote and his issues with being ordered by the legislature (meeting upstairs in the Long Hall) NOT to vote for Independence. Richard Lee (author of the Resolution for Independence) from Virginia, Roger Livingston from New York, Benjamin Franklin from Pennsylvania, and Samuel Adams will endeavor to convince Dickenson to allow the vote to be unanimous. The ultimate compromise will be, of course, that Dickenson will not vote for Independence (legally) but arrange to be absent. In exchange for facing the wrath of the legislature, he will be asked to draft the Declaration of Independence along with Adams, Franklin, Livingston and Jefferson.
Note: There will be a special discount rate for reenactors in proper military uniform. CROWN FORCES drink for free — Yep, it pays to be a loyalist!
see http://www.fortmifflin.us/event/colonial-tavern21/ for details