By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on the anniversary of New York’s ratification of the Constitution of the United States
On July 26, 1788, the New York State Ratifying Convention voted – by a slim margin of 30 to 27 – to ratify the Constitution of the United States, essentially re-joining the nation that was now in the process of being reorganized. The people of New York City celebrated with the greatest parade of the era, marching through Manhattan Island to cheering crowds. The old New York establishment may have disliked the new Constitution, but the people of America’s fast-growing metropolis certainly saw its potential.
It had been a long, hard road, uphill all the way, as thirteen colonies joined to overthrow the yoke of the British crown, struggled through an impoverished federation, and finally found their way to a revolutionary form of government that would both secure personal liberty and enable economic prosperity. One could argue that the road began far away, years before, in the tiny Caribbean island of Nevis.