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[Detail] Signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Trumbull


Collection Overview

The 274 broadsides in Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 chronicle the founding of our nation from Colonial resistance to British rule and the Revolutionary War, through the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. The collections include the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, drafts of the Constitution, resolutions, proclamations, and treaties.

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  • The American Revolution, 1763-1783
  • The New Nation, 1780-1815

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