It has been our practice thus far to always provide positive examples and literature in these Hero’s Handbooks. However, knowledge, important knowledge, can be found in negative examples as well. A few weeks ago we published a Hero’s Handbook, entitled Colossus of Independence, in which we encouraged action–for by a single action history can be made. In this week’s Hero’s Handbook, we present the reverse of this concept–how certain acts foment our problems instead of allaying them. The above video (go here if video is not displaying) is a dramatic interpretation of the ‘Proclamation of Rebellion’ sent by King George III of Britain in response to the Battle at Bunker Hill. This proclamation was made soon after the Continental Congress’ Olive Branch Petition arrived in Britain; however, as King George refused to read the petition, this proclamation is often taken as the de facto reply to the last conciliatory measure made by the Continental Congress. It came also to represent the final straw in the debate on British American Independence.
To give a very little context to the king’s personal motives, King George was struggling to reestablish the power of the monarchy over an empire that covered one quarter of the globe. He was responding in this particular instance to a battle which had cost over a thousand British soldiers. I believe the Proclamation of Rebellion was meant as a show of strength, and an attempt to force the American colonies to come to terms with the crown. Unfortunately, it did not have the desired effect.
I have printed the Proclamation in its entirety below. Imagine, as you read it, the thoughts of those on both sides of the conflict. Who are the heroes and who are the villains in this conflict?
A Proclamation of Rebellion
Given at our Court at St. James’s the twenty-third day of August, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-five, in the fifteenth year of our reign.
God save the King.