The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Volume 28, Ratification of the Constitution by the States: New Hampshire

By John P. Kaminski, Charles H. Schoenleber, Jonathan M. Reid, David P. Fields, Gaspare J. Saladino, Margaret R. Flamingo, and Timothy D. Moore

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ISBN: 978-0-87020-823-2

656 pages, 6 x 9


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When the United States Constitution was signed by representatives of the first states in the  United States of America, during the Federal Convention of 1787, it was only the beginning of what proved to be an arduous state-by-state ratification process. The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Series is a reference collection that aims to preserve the state-by-state debates about the ratification of the United Stats Constitution. This volume, XXVIII (ISBN: 978-0-87020-823-2, Retail: $95.00), details the public and private ratification debates in New Hampshire.

Praised by constitutional historian Leonard Levy as "the most important editorial project in the nation," the documentary series is a research tool of remarkable power, an unrivaled reference work for historical and legal scholars, librarians, and students of the Constitution. Discover other volumes in the Ratification series here!


The Ratification of the Constitution of the United States Series is edited by John P. Kaminski, Charles H. Schoenleber, Jonathan M. Reid, David P. Fields, Gaspare J. Saladino, Margaret P. Flamingo, and Timothy D. Moore. Series senior editor John P. Kaminski is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A professor emeritus from the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is the author or editor of twenty-five other books on early American history, including the new Society Press series of Word Portraits of America's founders, which includes: George Washington: A Man of Action and Alexander Hamilton: From Obscurity to Greatness.

The following text is excerpted from an article by Gordon S. Wood in “The New Republic” on December 24, 2010.

At the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, one of the greatest editorial projects in American history has been under way for nearly thirty-five years. Since 1976, the successive editors of the "Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution" have published twenty-three volumes, and there are at least eight more to come. These volumes contain every scrap of evidence the editors have been able to find relating to the debates over the ratification of the Constitution in 1787 - 1788. These editors, beginning with Merrill Jensen and continuing at present with John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, and others, have put together one of the greatest collections of debates over the basic issues of politics and constitutionalism that the Western world possesses. The political debates in fifth-century Athens or seventeenth-century England may have been richer and more wide-ranging, but we will never know, because the records of those earlier disputations are either lost or fragmentary. They are certainly not as complete as the records we have for the ratification of the Constitution. Rarely will we find a more profound or more comprehensive discussion of the problems of power, liberty, representation, federalism, rights, and all the other aspects of politics than we have in these volumes. This record is not only a national treasure, it is a world treasure