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Treasonous Action Many such as John Dickinson secondary delegate from Pennsylvania felt quite differently In his book The Radicalism of the American Revolution Gordon Wood PhD points out an often remembered and misquoted line spoken by Dickinson Where is our maternal affection 165 Dickinson spoke this only six hours before the Declaration of Independence was first signed Therefore even until and after the very end Dickinson felt American Independence from Great Britain was treasonous action of the most despicable kind Dickinson 230 Earlier in the debate over independence Dickinson was not alone in his views The portly and often disliked delegate from Maryland Samuel Chase believed very much along the same lines as John Dickinson only with a slight twist Chase saw nothing treasonous about one nation wanting independence from another To Chase the reason why not to declare independence was due to a fear that the backwater ill-prepared Colonial Army under the direction of George Washington had little or no chance against the highly trained forces of Great Britain In his historical musical 1776 director Peter Hunt points out a speech that Chase gave before the congress in which he states Maryland would welcome Independence if it were given but is highly skeptical that it can be taken Hunt Chase continued to hold this view until he and the rest of the War Committee took a trip to New Brunswick to witness the training progress of the Colonial Army It was upon their return from this inspection that Chase changed his view entirely and mentioned that although the men could not drill together they could most definitely shoot together Hunt Personal feeling alone was not the only reason for a delegates particular view of independence In the United States today the media provides the ordinary citizen with information concerning conflicts in far off lands Due to the poor speed with which news traveled this was not the case in 1776
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