Subject: Ratification and admission to the Union
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 20:16:23 -0500
From: Norman Mikalac firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help me interpret the difference, if any, between State
ratification and admission to the Union?
For example, I know that following the ratification of the Constitution
of 11 of the original 13 sovereign States, the Constitution became
effective on 3/4/1789. Can I assume that the 11 States became the
U.S.A. on that date rather than when they each ratified the
Also, N.C. ratified on 11/21/1789 and R.I. on 5/29/1790. What were the
dates these 2 states were admitted to the Union, assuming that step was
required following their ratification.
Thanks for your help.
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