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Jensen, Merrill; Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J. (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Pennsylvania
2 (1976)

Organization,   pp. 10-13


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posal of a bill of rights in Congress on 8 June 1789. There is a basic con-
tinuity because the debate over the Constitution continued as actively
in several states after ratification as it did before and during the state
conventions. The debate centered upon the issue of amendments to
the Constitution, and if amendments were needed, whether they should
be proposed by a second constitutional convention or by the first
Congress under the Constitution. These documents therefore provide
the essential background for an understanding of the twelve amend-
ments proposed by Congress on 26 September 1789.
This group of documents consists of materials in the following
categories: (1) amendments adopted or rejected by state conven-
tions; (2) amendments proposed by individuals and groups after the
state conventions; (3) calls for a second constitutional convention;
(4) the responses of state legislatures to calls for a second constitutional
convention; (5) documents illustrating individual and group atti-
tudes toward the Constitution after ratification; (6) examples of
the continuing newspaper and pamphlet debate on the Constitution
after ratification; (7) the role of the Confederation Congress in estab-
lishing the new government by setting the date for the first federal
elections and the place for the first meeting of the government under
the Constitution; (8) the first federal elections; (9) the debate over
amendments in the first Congress under the Constitution; (10) the
amendments proposed in and rejected by Congress; (11) the twelve
amendments submitted to the states for consideration.
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