Article VII


Signed in convention September 17, 1787. Ratified June 21, 1788

The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.

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Lynne Cheney on The Virginia Dynasty

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Lynne Cheney: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation

Bestselling historian Lynne Cheney discusses Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe.

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The day the Constitution was ratified

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.

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Scholar Exchange: Constitution 101: The Constitutional Convention (High School and College Level)

In this session, students will examine the issues and events that led to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in the…

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