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Ratification by Pauline Maier
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"It’s a highly readable state-by-state narrative of a strangely understudied period in American political and constitutional history. Maier paints a vivid picture of the many uncertainties surrounding the ratification process: would there have to be a second constitutional convention to consider amendments proposed in the states? Were local assemblies and town meetings authorized to debate the merits of the Constitution? What difference did the sequence in which the state conventions met have for the way the debates unfolded? Maier’s story breathes life and speech into the familiar but amorphous concept of 'we the people.'" - Alison LaCroix

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