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Unit 1: From Revolution to Constitution

Introduction

The transition from a federation of American colonies to the United States of America was marked by extraordinary events: sincere attempts at diplomacy, violent conflict, thoughtful consideration of the rights of man, passionate debate about the role of government, and ultimately, the construction of the system of republican government under which we still live. The individuals portrayed in these portraits represent a few of the many distinguished individuals who contributed to the remarkable events of this revolutionary period.