Analyze and interpret primary sources relating to statements of rights and independence. (CO2) The First and Second Continental Congresses met in 1774 and 1776 to discuss the direction of the united colonies. The year 1776 also saw the publication of Common Sense, the adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Cumulatively, these moments moved the colonies from resistance to separation. For this discussion, we will be examining this process.