This Day in History: New York ratifies the United States Constitution

On this day in 1788, New York ratifies the U.S. Constitution. It was the 11th state to join the Union, but the timing of that decision created some interesting dynamics for New Yorkers to consider. Remember, only nine states were needed to put the Constitution into effect. At this point in the process, then, New […]

This Day in History: The 17th Amendment is ratified

On this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment is ratified. For the first time in American history, voters would be able to directly elect their United States Senators. The decision seems like a no-brainer. Shouldn’t the people get to elect their own Senators? Well, maybe not. The debate surrounding the 17th Amendment is eerily similar to […]

This Day in History: Unintended consequences of the 17th Amendment

On this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment is ratified. For the first time in American history, voters would be able to directly elect their United States Senators. The decision seems like a no-brainer. Shouldn’t the people get to elect their own Senators? Unfortunately, the amendment had many unintended consequences. Originally, the Constitution provided that […]

This Day in History: James Madison reports that New York has ratified the Constitution!

On this day in 1788, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” writes a letter to his father. New York had ratified the U.S. Constitution only one day earlier! The Confederation Congress, Madison reported, “are at present making the arrangements for putting the Government into operation.” The New York ratifying convention had been in an […]