Tuesday, June 21, 2011

US Constitution ratified 223 years ago today

And speaking of the Constitution...

On this date in 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution which, per Article VII, made the new blueprint for governing the country binding.

After being ratified by eight states, the fight for the Constitution became bogged down as delegates in New Hampshire and Virginia were split down the middle and delegates in New York were solidly against ratification. The so-called "Massachusetts Compromise" carried the day in New Hampshire.

The compromise was to ratify the Constitution now and amend it later.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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