Read a brief overview of the historical period, or longer summaries of major events.
- Brief Overview
- The Articles of Confederation: 1777–1787
- Creating the Constitution: 1786–1787
- The Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights: 1788–1791
- Washington Strengthens the Nation: 1789–1792
- Washington’s Troubles at Home and Abroad: 1790–1796
- The Adams Presidency: 1797–1800
- Jefferson’s Agrarian Republic: 1800–1808
- Madison and the War of 1812: 1808–1815
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