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The U.S. Constitution, 2nd Edition by Timothy Harper

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CHAPTER3

Ratification and the Bill of Rights

In This Chapter

  • Beginning ratification
  • Objections from the states
  • Changing minds with the Federalist Papers
  • The Bill of Rights
  • What about slaves and Native Americans?

Ratification of the new Constitution by the states was not a slam dunk. Some states had objections to the omission of a Bill of Rights. And some states did not want a new Constitution at all.

Madison and his allies resorted to writing and publishing a series of articles called the Federalist Papers that served—and still serve—as some of the clearest explanations of the Constitution, and some of the best rationale for ratification. ...

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