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The Formation of a National Governme16

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The Formation of a National Government Leaders crafted constitutional, legal basis for young nation RATIFICATION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS On September 17, 1787, after 16 weeks of deliberation, the finished Constitution was  signed by 39 of the 42 delegates present. Franklin, pointing to the halfsun painted in  brilliant gold on the back of Washington's chair, said: I have often in the course of the session ... looked at that [chair] behind the president, without t being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now, at length, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising, and not a setting, sun.   The convention was over; the members "adjourned to the City Tavern, dined together,  and took a cordial leave of each other." Yet a crucial part of the struggle for a more 
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Unformatted text preview: perfect union remained to be faced. The consent of popularly elected state conventions was still required before the document could become effective. The convention had decided that the Constitution would take effect upon ratification by conventions in nine of the 13 states. By June 1788 the required nine states had ratified the Constitution, but the large states of Virginia and New York had not. Most people felt that without their support the Constitution would never be honored. To many, the document seemed full of dangers: Would not the strong central government that it established tyrannize them, oppress them with heavy taxes, and drag them into wars?...
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