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‘Pressing their Voices’: The People, the Press, and the Growth of Participatory Politics in the State Ratifying Conventions for the U.S. Constitution, 1787–1788

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dc.contributor.author Hurter, Stephanie R.
dc.creator Hurter, Stephanie R.
dc.date 2010-07-27
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-29T14:40:52Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2010-10-29T14:40:52Z
dc.date.issued 2010-10-29
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/5997
dc.description.abstract This dissertation utilizes the state ratification conventions of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, and New York as case studies for analyzing how the public debate over ratification developed and what this meant for the emergence of participatory politics in the Early Republic. Rather than analyzing the specific political arguments that were at the center of this debate, this study focuses upon printed media Federalists and Antifederalists utilized in the ratification debates. It aims at discovering not just what was said, but how it was said. This project expands current historiography by examining the missing element of the public’s participation, in and shaping of, early American politics by their ownership of the conventions and their use of media to create spectacles that forced negotiations of power among competing groups. The battle over the ratification of the Constitution provided the American public with an extended period to articulate and refine their national goals.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject U.S. Constitution en_US
dc.subject ratification conventions en_US
dc.subject ratification en_US
dc.subject press and print culture en_US
dc.subject states en_US
dc.subject participatory politics en_US
dc.title ‘Pressing their Voices’: The People, the Press, and the Growth of Participatory Politics in the State Ratifying Conventions for the U.S. Constitution, 1787–1788 en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. American History en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline History en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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