THE STATES: Troubled Transfer of Power

Troubled Transfer of Power

When Congress urged all the colonies last May to create "such government as shall best conduce to the happiness and safety of their constituents," it was recognizing that a confused but enormously significant transfer of sovereignty has gradually been taking place during the past year. Falling from power: the British Governors, now all in flight, in prison, or in refuge behind British guns. Now in power, under congressional sanction, are the Committees of Safety, some of them vaguely derived from the once secret radical groups, but at...