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A Summary View of the Rights of British America was a tract written by Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
in 1774, before the U.S. Declaration of Independence, in which he laid out for delegates to the First Continental Congress
First Continental Congress
a set of grievances against King George III, especially against the King's and Parliament's response to the Boston Tea Party. Jefferson declares that the British Parliament
British Parliament
did not have the right to govern the Thirteen Colonies. He argues that since the individual colonies were founded they were independent of British rule.[1] Jefferson, in this work, held that allodial title, not feudal title, was held to American lands, and thus the people did not owe fees and rents for that land to the British crown. The work was presented to, and debated by, the First Continental Congress. When this took place, Jefferson did not attend. Despite his attempts, Congress agreed to a more moderate decision than Jefferson's proposed concept. Despite not being able to completely convince Congress, friends of Jefferson printed the Summary in a pamphlet form. It was distributed throughout London, New York and Philadelphia. Research states that the document "helped establish Jefferson's reputation as a skillful, if radical, political writer."[1]

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^ a b "A Summary View of the Rights of British America: Set Forth in Some Resolutions Intended for the Inspection of the Present Delegates of the People of Virginia, Now in Convention / by a Native, and Member of the House of Burgesses". World Digital Library. 1774. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 

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text in modernized spelling and format

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This article incorporates text from a webpage created by the World Digital Library, which is written and created by the Federal government of the United States and is thus in the public domain.

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