The Ratification of the US Constitution

The Ratification of the US Constitution

This website has been created in support of the thesis Debating the US Constitution: A computational approach to the structure and geography of the ratification debate, submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Department of History, King's College London). As such, these pages act as an appendix to the written thesis, presenting and preserving the data outputs created during the project research.

Please use the menu above to access the data tables, maps and charts.

Content guide

Topic Modelling data

Documents from the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution (link) and the Library of Congress edition of The Federalist (link) were processed via the topic modelling LDA algorythmn and the output results are presented in a number of ways, including:

  • Topic document data.
  • Topic keyword data.
  • Topic networks visualisations.
  • Topic data by subject area.
  • Topics over time.


Topic output data and other document metadata has been used to build a range of interactive maps showing the original locations of document publications and locations of reprints. These include:

  • Topic origin maps.
  • Topic reprint maps.
  • Reprinting of The Federalist.
  • The Federalist reprints outside New York state.
  • Towns with Printers.
  • Most popular articles.

The Federalist

The Federalist can be investigated in a number of ways including:

  • Reprint charts by author.
  • Reprinting maps.
  • Reprinting maps (outside New York state.)
  • As part of the topic modelling data.