Philadelphia,PA, Tuesday May 9 ,2017
Kids at school, and visitors at Independance Hall in Philadelphia, learn that all started on July 4th 1776 with the signature of the Declaration of Independence in the Assembly room of Independence Hall. Wrong.The very First Continental Congress of 12 colonies, Georgia excepted, convened on September 5 in Philadelphia at Carpenter’s Hall. A much smaller building , still standing and often neglected by visitors. It was, and still is, the house of professional architects, builders, carpenters.
Also, this first Congress laid a much smaller complaint: if they all agreed to question British Parliament authority, none yet openly entertained the idea of a complete independence from Great Britain . But 6 months later, the first shots were fired at Lexington and Concord near Boston, and the American revolution began. 13 years later, the French Revolution burst out . The old world was collapsing. It all started at Carpenter’s Hall.