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  • As the ratifying conventions began to gather, the Federalists knew they had clear majorities in some states but that the vote was going to be much closer in other, including the large and important states of Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York. The first state conventions took place in December 1787 and January 1788. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, and Connecticut all quickly ratified the Constitution but the impotent battles lay ahead.
  • Battle for Ratification
  • Samuel Adams
  • To calm the Anti-Federalists who wanted to ratify the Constitution, the Bill of rights was made.
  • Bill of Rights •Freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition and press •Right to bear arms •Solders cannot stay in other houses without consent •Freedom from unreasonable search and seizures •Right to due process of low •Right to a "speedy" trial •Trial by jury •No excess fines or bans •Rights not granted in the Bill of Rights belong to the people •Any powers not given to national government are given to the state government
  • Gorge Washington, loser
  • By the end of June 1788, Maryland, South Carolina, and New Hampshire had ratified but Virginia and New York still had not ratified.
  • The Virginia convention voted narrowly for the new Constitution, 89 in favor and 79 against.
  • Gorge Washington and James Madison presented arguments for ratification to the Virginia convention. In the end, Madison's promise to add a bill of rights won the day for the Federalists. Upon hearing the proposal for a bill of rights Edmund Randolph, governor of Virginia, agreed to support the new Constitution.
  • James Madison, winner
  • New York ratifies
  • In New York, two-thirds of the members elected to the state convention, including New York Governor George Clinton, were Anti-Federalists. During debate, Federalists led by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, repeatedly tried to assure the Anti-Federalists that the new federal government would pose no threat to liberty.
  • It took New York time to ratify until news arrived that New Hampshire and Virginia had both ratified the Constitution. The vote was 30 to 27.
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