A constitution is a set of basic principles that determines the powers and duties of a government. A constitution showed a belief in Republication. This resulted in a limited government, which keeps leaders from gaining too much power.
Suffrage is voting rights. In some states, voting rights were only open to white men who were paying taxes. Other states let white men vote if they owned property.
Ratification is formal approval. The 13 colonies received the Articles of Confederation from the Second Continental Congress. They all had to ratify it for a new government.