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Continental Congress Background Guide

Continental Congress Background Guide

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MARIMUN2011secretary.marimun@hotmail.com
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DAIS
HAMID SADRCrisis DirectorABHINAV GUPTAAssistant Crisis DirectorDANIEL STYSISJohn Hancock, ChairFELICIA MAZZARELLOVice‐ChairDEENA SMITHAmbassadorDA‐EUN KIM
 
AmbassadorDEVANGI PATEL
 
Crisis Staff 
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM YOUR CRISIS DIRECTOR
Deardelegates,IwishyouawarmwelcometoMarianopolisCollegeandtheMariMUNconferenceof2011!IhopethatyouarealllookingforwardtoanexcitingandintenseModelUnitedNationsexperienceatMariMUN2011.Forthiscrisiscommittee,wehavechosentobeginthiscommitteeintheyear1775,atthebeginningoftheSecondContinentalCongress.Researchanddebateofthistopicwillbeagreatadd‐ontowhateverknowledgeyoualreadyhaveonthesubject.Numerousissuesareathand,butitwillbeuptoyoudelegatestodeterminethefutureoftheAmericancolonies;theverycoloniesyouloveandrepresent.Beforecontinuing,afewintroductionsareinorder.MynameisHamidSadrandIwillbeyourcrisisdirector.IwasborninIran,andIampresentlyasecondyearsciencestudentatMarianopolis.InadditiontoModelUN,IteachsnowboardingduringthewinterandI’malifeguardduringthesummer.Workingbymysideareyourknowledgeable,andhelpfulassistantcrisisdirector,AbhinavGupta,andchair,DanielStysis.BeingaSelwynHousegraduateandnowasecondyearMarianopolisstudent,AbhinavhasbeenparticipatinginMUNconferencesfornumerousyears.Hisphysique,presenceandattitudemakehimsomeoneyoucannotmiss–bothinandoutofcommittee.DanielStysisisaMarianopolisalumnus,nowstudyingatMcGillUniversitymajoringinHonorsPoliticalSciencewhiledoing2minorsinEconomicsandPsychology.Daniel’sdedicationandpassionwhenitcomestoMUNmakehimanexceptionaladditiontotheteamandwearegratefulthathehasreturnedtoMarianopolisonceagaintolendahandinthisonceinalifetimeexperience.
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MARIMUN2011secretary.marimun@hotmail.com
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AllthreeofushaveeitherlearntthebeautyofModelUNorfurtherdevelopedthatalreadyexistingenthusiasmatMarianopolis,andwehopethatitwillbenodifferentforyouatthisyear’sMariMUNconference.Whetherafirsttime“MUNer”oranexperienceddelegate,youareinforaninterestingadventure.Irecommendthatalldelegatesreadthebackgroundguideinitsentirety,asitgiveyouabasicunderstandingoftheissueandthefocusofthiscommittee.However,donotleavethebackgroundguideasyouronlysourceofinformation:again,thisdocumentwillonlycoverthebasicsoftheSecondContinentalCongress.Furtherresearchwillalsoallowyoutounderstandhowtheissuesathandaffectyourcharacterinauniqueway.Andfinally,donotforgetthatthisisacrisiscommitteeandthatthingsdonotnecessarilyhavetofollowthepathofhistory.Italldependsonyou.IhopeyouguysareasecstaticforMariMUN2011asIam!Goodluckwithyourpreparation,andIhopetoseeyouallinFebruary!Yourstruly,
Seyed Hamid Sadr Ghayeni 
CrisisDirector
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFORE MARIMUN ?
>Youwillhavetowrite
a position paper
thatmustbesenttosecretary.marimun@hotmail.com
by February 20
th
atthelatest.Thistextshouldbeabasicdescriptionofyourcharacter’spointofviewontheissueofwhetherindependencefromBritainisthebestsolutiontohelpthe13colonies.Keepinmindthatyouarenotonlyacharacter,butalsoarepresentativeofacolony.Thelengthofthetextisuptoyou:youcanwriteaparagraphorapage,dependingonhowmuchyoufeelyouneedtoexplain.>Researchingyourpositionpaperwillhelpyouunderstandyourcharacterandyourcolony’sperspective.Theresearchdoesnothavetobeextremelyin‐depthortimeconsuming;onceyoufeellikeyouhaveagoodunderstandingofwhoyouwillberepresentingandyouhavewrittenyourpositionpaper,youareready.
 
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Aletterfrom
JohnHancock
Colonial Delegates,
EversinceourforefathersdepartedfortheNewWorld,itseemsthatour
birthright asEnglishmen
hasbeenlost.Thefruitsofthe
Glorious Revolution
of1688haveestablishedaconstitutionalmonarchyinEngland,yetthesesameprivilegeshavenotspilledoverintotheBritishcolonies,economicallyandmilitarilydependentandpoliticallysubordinatetothemother‐country.
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WeremainunrepresentedintheBritishHouseofCommonsandsubjecttothemonarch'sprerogativethroughimperialofficers.However,overacenturyandahalf,amixofissuesof
practicality
,
commercial conflict of interest
,
puritan
mentality,andthephilosophicalcontributionsofthe
Enlightenment
builtupinternalpressureforgreatercolonialself‐government.Thechild,intheimperialparent‐childrelationship,isapproachingmaturityafteryearsofrebelliousteenageyears.Protestsandriots–awhichwerelimitedtothedestructionofprivatepropertyortarringandfeatheringofcustomsofficers
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–intermittentlyeruptedinthecoloniesinresponsetoharshimperialpolicies.Forinstance,unjustprosecutionofimperialofficers,forcefulmilitaryrecruitment,andarepressiveanti‐smugglingmeasureswereseldompassivelyacceptedbythecolonialdemos.
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TothedetrimentofadistantandmisunderstandingBritishauthority,
colonial legislatures
havingbeengaininglegitimacyanddemanding
constitutional recognition
.
 >> CONT. next pageDEFINITIONSGlorious Revolution
:TheoverthrowofKingJamesII,theendofmonarchicalabsolutisminEngland,theestablishmentofparliamentarydemocracy,theintroductionofthefirsteverBillofRights,andthepoliticalalienationofRomanCatholics,distrustedbytrueProtestants.
Constitutional Monarchy
:TheMonarch’spowerisconstrainedbyaConstitution,anelectedandrepresentativelegislature,andstrictlyceremonialroles.
Puritan mentality
:PureChristian(protestant),incontrasttotheCatholics
Enlightenment
:anintellectualmovementofthe18
th
century,whichstressestheprimacyofhumanreasoninlegitimacyandauthority.
 Colonial legislatures
:ourlocalelectedassembliesrivalingthelegitimacyofParliamentinLondon.
Constitutional Recognition
:ahopedforendtoourcoloniallegislature’ssubordinationtotheKingandthedistantParliament.

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