by Gordon Lloyd
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.”
Between 1787 and 1788, a vigorous “out-of-doors” debate occurred between proponents and opponents of ratification.
After the Constitutional Convention, elected officials debated Ratification of the Constitution “in-doors” in state conventions.
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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