Under Article VII of the U.S. Constitution: “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.” On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, allowing it to become the nation’s governing document.
Want to learn more about Constitutional History? Two sources for GMUSL patrons to explore are:
HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library: Includes more than 2,700 works “from some of the greatest legal minds in history.” The collection focuses on constitutional law, comparative law, and political science. Browse by title, name, author, or subject.
The Making of Modern Law Primary Sources, 1620-1926: Searchable digital archive that includes published records of the American colonies and state constitutional conventions.