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Ratification of the Constitution


The years were 1787 and 1788. The places: "out-of-doors" in newspapers and pamphlets throughout America's thirteen states and "in-doors" in the state ratifying conventions. Following the Constitutional Convention, a great debate took place throughout America over the Constitution that had been proposed. This is the story of the debate over the ratification of the United States Constitution.
    Introduction to this Web Site
    by Gordon Lloyd
    State-by-State Ratification Table
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Ratification Timeline
    by Gordon Lloyd
 

Interactive Ratification Maps
Compiled by Gordon Lloyd
and Colleen Garot

Out-of-Doors Ratification Debate.
    Introduction to The Federalist
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Summary and Text of The Federalist
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Introduction to the Antifederalists
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Summary and Texts of the Major Antifederalists
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Biographies of the Key Figures
    by Gordon Lloyd
Federal Pillars
The Federal Pillars
 
In-Doors Ratification Debate.
    The Six Stages of Ratification
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Introduction to the Virginia Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Day-by-Day Summary of the Virginia Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Virginia Ratifying Convention
    Collected by Jonathan Elliot
    Introduction to the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Day-by-Day Summary of the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Massachusetts Ratifying Convention
    Collected by Jonathan Elliot
    Introduction to the New York Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    Day-by-Day Summary of the New York Ratifying Convention
    by Gordon Lloyd
    New York Ratifying Convention
    Collected by Jonathan Elliot

Original Sources Used on the Ratification Web Site:

    The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787
(5 Volumes)
    Collected by Jonathan Elliot
    Pennsylvania and the Federal Constitution, 1787-1788
    Edited by John Bach McMaster and
    Frederick D. Stone
 
    The Geographical Distribution of the Vote of the Thirteen States on the Federal Constitution, 1787-8
    by Orin Grant Libby


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