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Patience Required - Revolution - Ratified Constitution Time Line

Charlie T Waite

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It took us 16 years to come up with a document that all the colonies could agree on -  the Constitution of the United States.  That is why we say it is a marathon not a sprint to accomplish our goals.


In the summer of 1787, four years after the war ended delegates from the 13 states convened in Philadelphia and drafted a remarkable blueprint for self-government -- the Constitution of the United States.  The absence of a "bill of rights" turned out to be an obstacle to the Constitution's ratification by the states. It would take four more years of intense debate before the new government's form would be resolved.


1775 — The Revolutionary War between the Colonies and Britain begins.

1776  —Declaration of Independence written; the 13 colonies become the 13 states, but are not yet united under one central government.

1781 — The last battle of the Revolutionary War takes place; the 13 states set up a federal government under laws called the Articles of Confederation.

1786 — Representatives from five states meet at Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss interstate trade. Because so few representatives attend, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison call for another convention to be held in Philadelphia.

1787 — The Constitutional Convention begins on May 25, in Philadelphia. Fifty-five representatives attend and begin drafting the Constitution. On September 17, 1787, the convention comes to a close as the representatives sign the Constitution.

1788 — The Constitution becomes the law of the land after New York becomes the eleventh state to ratify the Constitution.

1790 — Rhode Island becomes the thirteenth and final state to ratify the Constitution.

1791 — Vermont ratifies the Constitution and request to be part of the union.

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