Why did Rhode Island ratify the Constitution?
Keeping this in view, what convinced Rhode Island to ratify the Constitution?
Initially, Rhode Island rejected the Constitution, but the reality of trying to go it alone as a sovereign nation, surrounded by a large and populous United States, finally convinced Rhode Island to ratify. The final vote was close, 34 in favor, 32 opposed. See Rhode Island History for more information on Rhode Island.
One may also ask, how did states ratify the constitution? The ratification process started when the Congress turned the Constitution over to the state legislatures for consideration through specially elected state conventions of the people. This copy of the Constitution was used by delegates to the New York ratification convention.
Just so, why did the Constitution need to be ratified?
The Federalists wanted to ratify the Constitution, the Anti-Federalists did not. The Anti- Federalists claimed the Constitution gave the central government too much power, and without a Bill of Rights the people would be at risk of oppression.
When did Rhode Island ratify the Bill of Rights?
May 29, 1790