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Historical Background

Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings

Suggested Reading

Founders and Frontiersmen
Historic Places Commemorating Early Nationhood and the Westward Movement, 1783-1828

signing of the Constitution
Artist's rendition of the signing of the Constitution, in Philadelphia. This painting by Howard Chandler Christy, which hangs in the U.S. Capitol, captures the spirit of the historic event. At Independence National Historical Park, the National Park Service has accurately restored the room. (Courtesy, Office of the Architect of the Capitol; color separations, United States Capitol Historical Society and the Eastern National Park and Monument Association.)

Last Updated: 29-Aug-2005