Matt Danzico and Kate Dailey
BBC News Magazine
October 24, 2011

Editor’s note: We are not sure what the point of this article is. Of course, the British monarchy considered the American Revolution illegal. If not for revolution, America would probably still be a British colony.

In Philadelphia, American and British lawyers have debated the legality of America’s founding documents.

On Tuesday night, while Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal and the immigration status of Mitt Romney’s gardener, American and British lawyers in Philadelphia were taking on a far more fundamental topic.

Namely, just what did Thomas Jefferson think he was doing?

Some background: during the hot and sweltering summer of 1776, members of the second Continental Congress travelled to Philadelphia to discuss their frustration with royal rule.

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