Ratification: The Georgia Story
Thomas E. Askew 1850?-1914, Four African American women seated on steps of building at Atlanta University, Georgia, 1899 or 1900, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963. Du Bois albums of photographs of African Americans in Georgia exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, Digital Id: ppmsca 08778, cph 3c14272, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-08778 (digital file from original photograph) LC-USZ62-114272 (b&w film copy neg.)

Ratification: The Georgia Story

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 Georgia?

Join us at the (virtual) table as we discuss ratification of the constitution in Georgia by examining documents (found here) drawn specifically from Georgians on both sides of one of the most significant debates in American history. How did Georgians 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.” Click here to register.



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