SS8H4 — Ratification of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights

Primary Sources

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This journal contains the records of the Georgia Convention to ratify the United States Constitution. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the Constitution on January 2, 1788.
Link to entire journal at GA Archives
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Georgia Constitution, 1777. In 1776 Georgia assembled the Provincial Congress in Savannah to create the state’s first constitution. It was approved on Feb 5, 1777.Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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Abraham Baldwin’s draft copy of the United States Constitution. Baldwin served on two committees at the 1787 constitutional convention and participated in discussions regarding the assumption of states’ debts by the national government, the slave trade, and navigation acts. Courtesy of the Georgia Historical Society.
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