America’s Revolutionary Period

The Revolutionary period sees America go from 13 colonies to a unified nation.  How can the events of the period be seen in terms of continuity, rather than discrete events?

Think of the period from the Revolution to Washingtons presidency as one entire event 
How does each part of that lead to another?
Provide examples to show how you see this continuity
Ensure that you use proper APA format with an introduction and conclusion.