The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina

The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina

The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina

The Ratification of the Federal Constitution in North Carolina

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Interest in the Constitution of the United States has never flagged from the time of its proposal to the present day. Important as the document has been in the life of the nation, it was with difficulty that its acceptance by the states was secured. In one way or another, ratification was brought about in eleven of the states, but two remained apart until the new government was established. Since Rhode Island was not represented in the federal convention, her reluctance to accept the Constitution might be expected. North Carolina, however, was well represented; moreover, the state convention to consider the proposed form of government did not meet until after ratification by more than the required number of states. Even then, the sentiment in the state was such that the convention refused to ratify the Constitution, and the General Assembly put off the meeting of a second state convention until after the new government would be in operation. This study attempts to present those conditions which kept North Carolina from participating in the establishment of the government, and those forces which in time brought the state into the union.

The writer's interest in this period was aroused by Professor Robert Livingston Schuyler of Columbia University, and the completion of the work was due to his unfailing encouragement and aid. The special problem in North Carolina history was suggested by Professor R. D. W. Connor of the University of North Carolina, and the various contacts in the state were made possible through him. Professor Dixon Ryan Fox of Columbia University helped greatly in the initial portion of the study. Professor EvartsB. Greene . . .

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