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Why should states ratify the Constitution?
The states should ratify the Constitution because the Constitution would remedy the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation by creating a stronger, more effective union of the states.
How did the framers want the Constitution to be ratified and why?
The founders set the terms for ratifying the Constitution. They bypassed the state legislatures, reasoning that their members would be reluctant to give up power to a national government. Instead, they called for special ratifying conventions in each state. Ratification by 9 of the 13 states enacted the new government.
Why did the framers suggest ratification by only nine states?
Why the Framers Could Suggest Ratification by Only Nine States. One quick answer is that ultimately the Constitution was ratified by all 13. The 13th state (Rhode Island) ratified on May 29, 1790, less than three years after the document was composed.
Why did nine states not ratify the Constitution?
Without one or the other—and probably without both—the Constitution could not be implemented. And if nine states ratified but New York did not (New York’s Governor opposed ratification), the New York City region might well secede from the state and join anyway.
Why did the framers believe the constitution would come into effect?
So the Framers had good reason to believe that if the Constitution did come into effect, this would occur by the will of a majority of America’s “one people.” The result would be creation of a government in a manner almost unprecedented in world history: Ratified by a majority of the people themselves.
Why was the ratification process of the Constitution legal?
Some Federalists argued that the Constitution’s ratification process was legal, because the Articles was a treaty between the states that was no longer binding because of repeated violations.