A companion exhibition runs at the New-York Historical Society from November 14, 2008, to January 11, 2009.

The debate over the United States Constitution in New York in 1787–88 was an extraordinary combination of great political argument and skilled political practice, and it engaged critical issues that are relevant even today. The statewide public debate culminated in a county-by-county election of delegates to the New York Ratifying Convention, an election in which there were no property qualifications for voters or delegates and which may be considered among the first truly democratic elections in the modern sense.

This online exhibition features documents, contemporary newspapers and broadsides, portraits, and objects illuminating the hard-fought advocacy and courage to compromise that characterized this debate.

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