Federalists – wanted to ratify the Constitution without a bill of rights. They said it would be impossible to list everyone’s natural rights.
Antifederalists – would not ratify unless a bill of rights was included. They said it was needed to protect basic rights (religion speech, etc…)
Ratification First Group to Ratify: Delaware (1), Pennsylvania (2), and New Jersey (3) Massachusetts was a battleground state, but did ratify after much debate (6). More states ratified… then New Hampshire (9) The last states to ratify were Virginia, New York, and North Carolina. (10, 11, 12) Finally, Rhode Island ratified as the 13th and final state. The country celebrated; with Philadelphia holding a festival July 4th, 1778 Winter 1787-1788 Into Spring 1788 Summer 1788
Some states ratified the Constitution on the condition that a bill of rights was added later.
Amend – to change [the Constitution]… The framers made it a difficult process.
The new federal government came up with 12 amendments, however only 10 were ratified. These became the Bill of Rights .
How many of the Ten Amendments can you name? 1._________________________ 2._________________________ 3._________________________ 4._________________________ 5._________________________ 6._________________________ 7._________________________ 8._________________________ 9._________________________ 10.________________________