Constitutional Convention Pros And Cons

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The result of this victory enabled the following event to transpire: the Constitutional Convention. In 1787, four years after the American Revolution ended, George Washington and fellow influential people met in Philadelphia. The before them was imperative to the newly independent nation’s success. The newly formed Government needed to replace the Articles of Confederation, which had been hastily put together after the American Revolution. There needed to be a permanent and binding document that would unify the states as opposed to individual state power. The first individual to propose a plan was James Madison of Virginia with the Virginia Plan. Several state representatives would propose their plans before the convention, including William Patterson with the New Jersey …show more content…

The state of Massachusetts had several grievances with the document. This was because it failed to mention basic human rights which included issues with press, religion, and freedom of speech. This was the precursor to addition of the Bill of Rights. The document was ratified with a compromise that Massachusetts agreed upon and cautiously ratified by the state. Following the ratification of the constitution by Massachusetts, the remaining states; Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, and New York ratified the document. Eleven states had agreed that the Constitution would come into law on March 4th, 1789. In 1789 North Carolina would be the 12th state to ratify the constitution. Rhode Island was the last one to accept the U.S. Constitution and refused to ratify the document. Rhode Island agreed to ratify the Constitution only after the U.S. Government had threatened them, they were the last state to join the United States formally. The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution, with 12 amendments, 10 of them being accepted by the states in

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