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How about a list of delegates? For example, I took a guess and looked up James Mitchell Varnum and discovered that he was the delegate from Rhode Island from 1780-1782 and 1786-1787. I suspect that much of this information exists on Wikipedia, but is not organized to be included in this article.188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:22, 13 January 2012 (UTC)
As the terms Continental Congress and Confederation Congress are used interchangeably by some, perhaps a section or simply a link to the Confederation Congress page should be included? -Daniel T — Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 18:22, 28 May 2012 (UTC)
The organization of the Congress is not described. There is a debate over whether the traditional or conventional wisdom view that the weak Congress was a failure, or the flexible Congress was a success, due to its organization. A section describing the organization of the institution, and its processes, would put the more detailed history and timeline in context. Both views should be presented.Harrycroswell (talk) 07:57, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
The last paragraph of the Legacy section rather grandiosely interprets the opening line of the Gettysburg Address ("Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.") as a paean in praise of the Continental Congress for establishing the United States. The paragraph doesn't have any citation, and by assuming that by "our fathers" Lincoln meant only "the members of the Continental Congress", it relies on an extremely narrow and counterintuitive reading of the text that I don't think very many readers would arrive at naturally. Lincoln praises "our fathers" for bringing forth a new nation, not for the narrower acts of drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence, coordinating and supplying the Continental Army, and conducting foreign diplomacy. As such it seems pretty clear that Lincoln is praising the Spirit of '76 as a whole, and that by "our fathers" he includes not just the few dozen men who served in the Continental Congress during the war, but also the thousands of men and women who served in the Continental Army, the Continental Navy, the fourteen state governments, and who served the Revolutionary cause outside any institutional hierarchy. The author of the paragraph even seems to know what a stretch this reading is, as they specify that Lincoln's praise for the Continental Congress is only "by implication". Unless a citation can be found indicating that historians tie the Gettysburg Address specifically to the Continental Congress, I think the paragraph is a clear instance of WP:SYNTH. Binabik80 (talk) 16:22, 27 May 2014 (UTC)