Elbridge Gerry: Letter to the Massachusetts Legislature on the U.S. Constitution

(1787)

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Elbridge Gerry was a prominent American Revolutionary and politician. In answer to oppressive British policies of colonial government, including special taxes on publications such as newspapers and the infamous tax on tea, he organized passive resistance, such as boycotts of certain British goods. When Great Britain blockaded and even occupied Boston (1775–1776), because the city was considered to be in a state of rebellion, he organized the smuggling of goods into Massachusetts through his hometown of Marblehead. During the privation brought on by the Revolutionary War, he helped provide those most affected with relief supplies.

Gerry was famous for being among the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, as a representative from Massachusetts. He also signed the Articles of Confederation, and he advocated the organization of the American states into a confederacy that would give the individual states wide discretion in the running of local...

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