Tuesday, February 15, 2011
The People Debate the Constitution
As Pauline Maier describes in Ratification, there was no easy road in getting the Constitution ratified. After 10 years of living together as a loosely knit confederation, a few forward thinking men decided that the Articles of Confederation no longer worked and it was time to forge a Constitution. Washington would not go until he could be assured something would come of the convention and that there would be an august body of gentlemen to carry the changes through. But, ultimately Maier describes it was the people who would determine the fate of the new Constitution.
This is a reading group for Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution 1787-1788. The book has been well received by fellow historians like Jack Rakove, among others. Maier has drawn from a wealth of research piecing together a story that tells the arduous battle in getting the Constitution ratified. A battle no less significant than that Americans fought for independence.