The Ratification of The Bill of Rights

"You have rights antecedent to all earthly governments; rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws; rights derived from the Great Legislator of the Universe."
~John Adams
The Bill of Rights was finally ratified so that
The Constitution would be complete, and both sides of the conflict could get what they wanted.  Reforming The Constitution smoothed out the cracks between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.
The two parties needed a way to settle their arguments, and they found a way in the Bill of Rights. Both sides gave up something so they could also get something back.
After a long and difficult journey, the Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791

The Senate first brought about 17 new amendments to the House of Representatives

The House used this as a draft to narrow the list down to 12 that were then sent to Congress
In order for them to become amendments to The Constitution, three fourths of the states needed to approve them

The first state to ratify was New Jersey

Maryland and South Carolina ratified fairly quickly as well

After ten states had approved the Bill, and after 811 days of waiting, Virginia was the eleventh state to ratify, which broke the three fourths mark

Of the twelve amendments that were proposed in Congress, ten of them were finally ratified to be law
Before they came to a conclusion, it took a large amount of correcting to get the Bill exactly as it needed to be.

Both sides in the conflict gave up something in order to make a compromise:

  • The Federalists were forced to add a Bill of Rights to their already "perfect" document
  • The Anti-Federalists were not able to get everything that they wanted into the Bill of Rights

Both sides made sacrifices from their causes, but the end result was well worth it

The members of both sides were responsible for the creation of the amazing form of government that America still uses today