The Ratification Debates: The U. S. Constitution

The Ratification Debates: The U. S. Constitution

by United States Constitution, Walter Cronkite
     
 

In the fall of 1787, the call went out: Each of the 13 states assembled special conventions to consider ratification of a proposed Constitution of the United States. Without ratification by nine conventions, the Constitution would flounder: America would be a league of states, not one nation.

At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the states -

Overview

In the fall of 1787, the call went out: Each of the 13 states assembled special conventions to consider ratification of a proposed Constitution of the United States. Without ratification by nine conventions, the Constitution would flounder: America would be a league of states, not one nation.

At the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, the states - voting as states - had unanimously approved the Constitution. But individual delegates had fiercely opposed certain aspects of the document. Now, they returned to their home states to agitate against the Constitution. Some demanded a bill of rights. Others complained that states' rights had been violated.

Some states - such as Delaware and Georgia - quickly and unanimously ratified. Other states - such as Virginia and New York - agonized. Two states - North Carolina and Rhode Island - would not ratify at all without a bill of rights. Indeed, Rhode Island would not approve the Constitution until economic sanctions had been imposed against her.

The Constitution was a controversial document, which was passionately debated by the best minds in the land.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780938935827
Publisher:
Knowledge Products
Publication date:
09/28/1987
Series:
The U. S. Constitution Ser.
Edition description:
2 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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