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This was a post on an older blog that I resurrected and wanted to share here. I’ll be updating these weekly with new content to give you and other readers a sense of what growing up in Demos City might be like from a history perspective. I’ve said the supernatural is commonplace in the world I’ve created for Crossroads, and now you can see from a textbook perspective that a high school student might be forced to suffer through in class over a semester. Nerdy perhaps, but that’s how I like it. Read on!
The wolves of the Thirteen Colonies have a singular place in the days leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many historians agree that without the support of pro-independence werewolf packs coming from Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the Continental Congress would not have been able to pass key resolutions leading up to a full endorsement of independence and cessation from the British monarchy.
The push for formal independence began in earnest on June 7, 1776 when Virginia Congressman John Henry Lee proposed a three-part resolution calling on the Continental Congress to form foreign allegiances, declare independence and immediately form a colonial government. Lee’s resolution met with stiff opposition from a mix of human and werewolf delegates who believed declaring independence was a premature move.
Human delegates from Maryland and Delaware, distrustful of alliances with wolves, threatened to leave the Continental Congress altogether if the governing body adopted Lee’s resolution. Congress decided to postpone discussion on the issue for three weeks in the hopes of soothing tempers. In secret, Congressional delegates elected a committee, led by pack Alpha Samuel Huntington of Connecticut, to draft a document announcing American independence in the event that Lee’s original resolution passed.
Huntington, a self-taught attorney and active member of the Sons of Liberty, rallied his Connecticut delegation around the cause for independence and on June 14, 1776 convinced the Connecticut Assembly to authorize a vote for separation from the British Monarchy.
The strong show of support from wolves in the Northeastern colony led to the dissolution of Pennsylvania’s loyalist-leaning Colonial Assembly. On June 18, 1776 Thomas McKean, a werewolf member of Pennsylvania’s newly formed Conference of Committee, authorized a vote for independence in a show of solidarity to the wolves of Connecticut.
Human delegates from New Jersey, including John Hart and Abraham Clark, were so emboldened by the werewolves’ show of colonial support that they orchestrated the overthrow of Royal Governor William Franklin. Clark, born as a farmer, declared the Royal Governor, “an enemy to the liberties of this country.” The resulting General Assembly authorized New Jersey to vote for independence on June 21, 1776.
Only Maryland and New York remained holdouts for declaring independence from the British government. Maryland, an entirely human colony, rejected a preamble to the Declaration of Independence crafted by John Adams that mentioned wolves and humans as equal parties to The Revolution. It would take a personal plea from one of Maryland’s own Congressional representatives, Samuel Chase, and no small amount of local pro-independence resolutions, to convince the Maryland Convention to change its mind and rejoin the Continental Congress on June 28, 1776.