Today in History: Georgia Ratifies the Constitution

On January 2, 1788, the State of Georgia ratified the Constitution for the United States. Georgia was the fourth state to do so. The ratification message was short and to the point, and there appears to have been little debate.

The following ratification text is taken from the Library of Congress’s copy of Elliot’s Debates.


The Founders Urged Resistance, not “slavish” obedience

“That the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish, and destructive to the good and happiness of mankind.”
– North Carolina Ratification Document

Short version – violations of your liberty shouldn’t be met with anything but resistance. We call it nullification – by states, localities and individuals.