Today in History – Our Constitution becomes law

Although Constitution Day is in September, June 21 is the day that the Constitution actually became our law of the land.Thanks to Tara Ross!

On this day in 1788, the United States Constitution becomes the law of the land!

Article VII of the Constitution provides that the document goes into effect with the “Ratification of the Conventions of nine States.” At the end of May 1788, eight states had ratified the document: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina.

On June 21, three states were in the midst of their ratification conventions: New Hampshire, New York, and Virginia. Given the difficulties of communication and travel during that time, Americans were not entirely sure, at first, which state had provided the necessary 9th vote to ratify the Constitution.

Hint: It was New Hampshire, although Virginia at first thought that IT was the 9th state!

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1 Response to Today in History – Our Constitution becomes law

  1. John Denney says:

    “Done . . . in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight . . .”

    Um, which Lord would that be? 😉


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