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  • on September 17, 1787, a majority of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention approved the documents over which they had labored since May.
  • Ratification was not a foregone conclusion. Able, articulate men used newspapers, pamphlets, and public meetings to debate ratification of the Constitution.
  • Those known as the anti-federalists opposed the Constitution for a variety of reasons.
  • Some continued to argue that the delegates in Philadelphia had exceeded their congressional authority by replacing the Articles of Confederation with an illegal new document
  • Others complained that the delegates in Philadelphia represented only the well-born few and consequently had crafted a document that served their special interests and reserved the franchise for the propertied classes.
  • Those who favored ratification, the Federalists, fought back, convinced that rejection of the Constitution would result in anarchy and civil strife.
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