Birth of the Republic
and the Continental Army won a decisive victory at Yorktown. Yet what
independence mean? Could so many people living in such a vast land
govern themselves? Many doubted, but the writing of the
provided a resounding affirmation of “the
“The Constitutional Convention”:
At 3:00 in the afternoon, the signing began with the delegates moving
the front table according to the order of the states from north to
When Pennsylvania's turn came, Franklin was helped to the front.
said the old man wept as he signed. Back in his seat, Franklin spoke
to a few other delegates. He referred to the sun painted on the
of the president's chair. “I
have often...looked at [it]...without
able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have
the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”
was right, a new day was dawning for America.
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