The Ratification Episodes

The Ratification Episodes

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THE MAINE PROBLEM

When the Massachusetts Convention gathered in early January, 1788 to consider ratification off the Constitution, the state faced three hurdles to ratification. All three must be solved before Massachusetts can become the 6th State to ratify the Constitution…


YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET

Massachusetts debates ratification and while the Federalists and Antii-Federalist positions over national defense become more defined.


CONNECTICUT

The State of Connecticut becomes the fifth State to ratify the Constitution


GEORGIA

The State of Georgia ratifies the Constitution mainly for her own self-interests


PENNSYLVANIA

For the first time there is some organized opposition to the Constitution in the State of Pennsylvania’s debates. But an enterprising solution is found to squash the Anti-Federalists arguments


THE FIRST STATE

Delaware rushes to become the first State to ratify the proposed Constitution


NO RELIGIOUS TESTS

Oddly, given the news of the day, one of the Anti-Federalist arguments against the Constitution was it’s ban on requirements for religious tests to hold office


A BILL OF RIGHTS?

John DeWitts second letter lays out the case for rejecting the Constitution on the grounds that it does not contain a Bill of Rights


JOIN, OR DIE

Publius, in the second Federalist Paper, appeals to the need for national unity


PUBLIUS

As the national debate begins, the writers of The Federalist Papers take on the pen name of one of the great Roman Republicans


WHO IS JOHN DeWITT

The first editorial letters regarding the proposed Constitution begin to appear around the nation. Signed in the name of one of the great Dutch Republicans, the Dewitt letters call into question the wisdom of the proposed new national government


THE FEDERAL FARMER

Appearing just three weeks after the end of the Convention, the Federal Farmer demonstrates that not everybody is in agreement with the new Constitutional plan.


THE JOURNEY OF 1000 STEPS

As the Convention ends, the delegates race to leave town, almost costing one of them his life.


 

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