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Voting Record of the Constitutional Convention, 1787

"Tis done! . . . We have become a nation."

Benjamin Rush, following the ratification of the U.S. Constitution, July 9, 1788

Between 1776 and 1783 the United States declared and won independence from Great Britain, defeating one of the greatest military powers in the world. But by the beginning of 1787, the American experiment in self-government was at risk of failure, threatened by a variety of escalating problems both at home and abroad.

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