So much has been written about the period during which the Constitution was written that the long years of struggle in the Continental Congress that preceded it have been almost forgotten. Here is the record of fifteen years battle behind the lines in bring to birth a new country. While the steps leading to bloodshed, and the long drawn out years of fighting culminated in treaty of peace with the mother country, the leading lights of the thirteen colonies met repeatedly -- but not continuously --in congress, now in Philadelphia, now in New York, now in Trenton, now in Annapolis. Torn by inner dissons, states rights, petty jealousies, isolationism (Vermont was actually in independent republic), lack of funds, lack of experience. One wonders that the fifteen years ended in the United States of America, with a Constitution that has lasted to this day. War and diplomacy and the incidents throughout the thirteen confederated states are incidental to the story of the Congress itself, told through virtual week by week record. Limited to scholara, and to reference shelves in Public Libraries and College Libraries.