One-Day Seminar: Ratification: The New York Story hosted by Teaching American History (Held Online)
May 11 @ 4:55 pm - 6:10 pm
One event on May 13, 2021 at 4:55 pm
When the Constitutional Convention ended in September 1787, a widespread period of public debate over the merits of the plan began. This debate took place out of doors – in churches, taverns and newspapers, by both proponents and opponents – and indoors – in state conventions held in each of the 13 states. The new constitution could not take effect until at least nine states ratified the plan – with state delegates casting a single up or down vote. Over the ratification winter of 1787-88 each state conducted individual state ratification conventions until the magic number was achieved. What happened in New York?
Join us at the (virtual) table as we discuss ratification of the constitution in New York by examining documents drawn specifically from New York on both sides of one of the most significant debates in American history (found here). How did New Yorkers answer what Alexander Hamilton called “the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”