Jay Cost is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, and a columnist for National Review Online and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the author of two books, most recently A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption (Encounter, 2015). His next book, The Price of Greatness, a study on James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, will be released by Basic Books in 2018. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.
In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke continue their review of the ratifying conventions. The Federalists faced a stiff challenge in Massachusetts, despite the fact that its delegates supported the Constitution at the Constitutional Convention. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Elbridge Gerry all voiced skepticism. Ultimately a compromise was introduced: The Bay State would ratify the Constitution, with a series of recommended amendments. This helped ease the concerns of moderate Anti-Federalists and was integral to the eventual adoption of the document. Jay and Luke also discuss ratification in Maryland and South Carolina, where the Federalists won easy victories.