Ratification Online

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, but there was a lot more that had to happen before the proposed Constitution was ratified.  In fact, the Congress initially spent a couple of days debating whether to censure the delegates to the Constitutional Convention for exceeding their authority by creating a new form of government instead of simply revising the Articles of Confederation.

Members of the UGA Law School Community can research the ratification process using The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution : Digital Edition.  This landmark work in historical and legal scholarship draws upon thousands of sources to trace the Constitution’s progress through each of the thirteen states’ conventions. The digital edition allows users to search the complete contents by date, title, author, recipient, or state affiliation and preserves the copious annotations of the print edition.  You can also use the print version found on the Law Library Balcony KF 4502 .D63.


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