The last two states to ratify the U.S. Constitution were North Carolina and Rhode Island. North Carolina voted to ratify the Constitution in 1789, and Rhode Island followed in 1790.Continue Reading
North Carolina originally balked at voting to ratify the Constitution, but when Congress floated the idea of a bill of rights, North Carolina changed its stance.
Rhode Island originally rejected the Constitution outright in 1788 by a popular referendum; the people of Rhode Island voted against it. However, the state was faced with the possibility of being looked at as a foreign country. With the pressure mounting, the state ratified the Constitution by only two votes during the ratifying convention in 1790.Learn more about The Constitution
At the time that the Constitution was written, nine of the 13 states were required for ratification. It took 10 months and a vigorous campaign by proponents of the document to get the first nine states to approve the Constitution.Full Answer >
The 20th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States sets out the date in the year that the president terms run from, states the date that Congress should meet every year and explains what happens if there is no president in office. The amendment is divided into six sections.Full Answer >
The primary impact of Shays' Rebellion on the formation of the Constitution was a more powerful federal government capable of keeping the states in order. The rebellion made delegates fearful of the possibility of the entire country collapsing into anarchy in the absence of a powerful central government.Full Answer >
The Supremacy Clause states that the Constitution, the laws of the United States and all treaties under the authority of the United States are deemed the supreme law of the land, meaning it overrides state constitutions and laws. It is the second clause of Article VI of the Constitution.Full Answer >