Elliot’s Debates

The Debates in the Several State Conventions, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, as Recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, in 1787

Together with the Journal Of The Federal Convention, Luther Martin’s Letter, Yates’s Minutes, Congressional Opinions, Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions of ’98–’99, and Other Illustrations of the Constitution.
In Four Volumes.
Second Edition, with Considerable Additions.

Collected and Revised from Contemporary Publications, by Jonathan Elliot.

Published under the Sanction of Congress.

Washington: Printed for the Editor. 1836.

Complete Volumes in PDF:

Volume One, Volume Two, Volume Three, Volume Four, Volume Five

Volume One

Volume Two

Volume Three

Volume Four

Volume Five: Supplementary to Elliot’s Debates




In 1787 and 1788, following the Constitutional Convention, a great debate took place throughout America over the Constitution that had been proposed.

In-Doors Debate

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The Federal Pillars

View drawings of the federal pillars rising published by the Massachusetts Centinel during the ratification debate.

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The Stages of Ratification: An Interactive Timeline

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Interactive Ratification Map

View interactive maps showing the breakdown of Federalist-Antifederalist strength at the state level during the Ratification debate.

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