1770 was a great year. The American colonialist had to decide 5 issues. On two they did make decisions.
1) Whether to break from British rule.
2) Decide on freedom of religion
3) A decision to continue human bondage of the Africans
4) To continue homosexuality as a capital crime.
5) To prosecute people who performed botched abortions.
Look up the dictionary definitions of the words liberal and conservative, from those definitions which took action on those great issues?