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“In the Reading Room of an 18th Century New York Coffee House,” hand-colored engraving (reproduction) after illustration by Howard Pyle, ca. 1890

The fate of the proposed constitution was decided in the state ratifying conventions (nine states had to ratify for the Constitution to take effect), but it was the subject of intense debates everywhere-in homes, taverns, coffeehouses, and newspapers. By the time New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution in June 1788, it had become clear that the people of the United States demanded a bill of rights

Courtesy of The Granger Collection, New York, New York

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