Federal Superstructure

Cartoon in the Massachusetts Centinel
January 30, 1788

This cartoon depicts the ratification of the Constitution by the states as the construction of a building. The columns representing Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and Connecticut are already in position because those states had already ratified the Constitution. A pair of hands (most likely God's) are shown lifting the Massachusetts column into an upright position alongside the others. The cartoon is titled "FEDERAL SUPERSTRUCTURE," and a caption underneath read, "The Pillar of the Great Federal Edifice rises daily."

The cartoon originally ran with an article about the New York Assembly's plan to hold a convention to discuss ratification of the Constitution.

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