Edited by Kaminski, Saladino, and Leffler
"The most important editorial project in the nation." -Leonard W. Levy, constitutional historian
"Commentaries on the Constitution: Public and Private," a six volume set, is an integral but autonomous part of the "Ratification" series. The documents in this volume present the day-by-day regional and national debates over the Constitution that took place in newspapers, magazines, broadsides, pamphlets, and private letters. This volume covers the period from 18 December 1787 to 31 January 1788, when news that Delaware and Pennsylvania had ratified the Constitution was spread; New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut adopted the Constitution; and a strongly divided Massachusetts Convention was in the midst of debating the merits of the new form of government.