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When Pennsylvania’s State House opened in 1753, no one expected it to become the birthplace of a new nation 23 years later. In its Assembly Room from 1775 to 1783, the Continental Congress prayed regularly, ran a war, debated and declared independence, drafted Articles of Confederation, managed a government, issued several proclamations for thanksgiving as well as for prayer and fasting, and authorized the production of the first English language Bible printed in America. The Constitutional Convention also met in the same room in the summer of 1787.

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