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From the Blog: The 230th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Constitution

Wed, 20 Jun 2018

Post by Sebastian van Bastelaer, ConSource Research Fellow

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the United States Constitution, reaching the threshold for activation of the new government laid out in Article VII. Four more states signed on in the following two years, completing the union of the original thirteen colonies. Each state had different considerations and motivations to take into account, and some conventions were fiercely contested, but in the end the pro-ratification forces known as Federalists triumphed, cohering to lay the groundwork for the nation we know today.

Delaware became the first state ...

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