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One-Day Seminar: Ratification: The Pennsylvania Story hosted by York County History Museum (Held Online)
April 20 @ 4:55 pm - 6:10 pm
One event on April 22, 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 Pennsylvania?
Join us at the (virtual) table as we discuss ratification of the constitution in Pennsylvania by examining documents drawn specifically from Pennsylvania (found here) on both sides of one of the most significant debates in American history. 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.”