Bill Of Rights Dbq

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The Constitution of the United States was written in 1787. Yet, the government it created couldn’t rule over people’s lives until one more step was taken. Each state had to vote to ratify1 , or approve of it. By 1789, eleven states had ratified the new government. Their votes were enough to put the Constitution into effect. Two states, however, refused to sign it– North Carolina and Rhode Island. Critics in these states objected that a Bill of Rights hadn’t been included. They worried that without a Bill of Rights the government might eventually become too strong. It might be unjust and put people in jail without a reason. It might take away a person’s ability to speak freely, or keep some books from being written. They wanted people’s rights

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