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Declaration of Independence

7/4/1776

A statement agreed upon by the somewhat ad-hoc "Continental Congress" in Philadelphia that formed around the time of the war (consisting of delegates from the 13 colonies) announcing that they now considered themselves independent and no longer under British subjection.

Articles of Confederation created

11/15/1777

Articles of Confederation ratified

3/1/1787

U.S. Constitution created

9/17/1787

Federalist Papers

10/1787 - 08/1788

A series of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the US Constitution. They appeared in newspapers (mostly in NY).

U.S. Constitution ratified

6/21/1788

1st Congress Session

05/04/1789