• Convention
  • Debates
  • Ratification
  • Bill of Rights

The Constitutional Convention

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The Federalist-Antifederalist Debates

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The Ratification of the Constitution

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The Bill of Rights

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Contents

Constitutional Convention

For four months in 1787, 55 delegates from the several states met to frame a Constitution for a federal republic that would last to “remote futurity.”

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The Federalist-Antifederalist Debates

Between 1787 and 1788, a vigorous “out-of-doors” debate occurred between proponents and opponents of ratification.

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The Ratification of the Constitution

After the Constitutional Convention, elected officials debated Ratification of the Constitution “in-doors” in state conventions.

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The Bill of Rights

This site chronicles the adoption of the Bill of Rights starting with the English and Colonial tradition and ending with proposals in the First Congress.

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