Should Delegates to the Constitutional Convention Ratify the Constitution?

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Should Delegates to the Constitutional Convention Ratify the Constitution?


Background:
Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 debated the pros and cons of the new Constitution. In the end, at least 9 of the 13 states had to ratify the document.

Task: Read the options below. Then, you decide.

Patrick Henry Opposes Ratifying the Constitution
“I review. . . the subject . . . and . . . the dangers . . . in this new plan of government, and compare . . . my poor abilities to secure our rights, it will take much more time to traverse the objectionable parts of it. . . . [T]he change is dangerous . . .
and the experiment ought not be made. . . .”
—Patrick Henry, June 9, 1788


Alexander Hamilton Favors Ratifying the Constitution

“The establishment of a Constitution, by the voluntary consent of a whole people, is a prodigy, to the completion
of which I look forward. . . . I dread . . . the consequences of new attempts, because I know that powerful individuals,
in this and other states, are enemies to a general national government in every possible shape.”

—Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers


Questions:
1. Why did Henry oppose ratifying the Constitution?

2. Why did Hamilton favor ratifying the Constitution?

3. What decision would you have made?
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