Bet you didn’t know! On this day in 1789, for the first time ever, the United States of America operated under the U.S. Constitution. Despite winning the war against the crown, several years had passed while people decided exactly what to do with their newfound freedom. Statesmen with ideas aplenty discussed the pros and cons of certain governmental constraints and powers. This went on and on and on it seemed like until in 1787 on September 17th the current United States Constitution was signed by 38 of the 41 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, after the failures of the Articles of Confederation became quite apparent.
From there the Constitution made it’s way through the thirteen states as it needed to be ratified by all but four of the states. Things moved much slower back then and folks who had just been under the yolk of a tyrannical rule were suspect of any strong central government. Arguments much like those you see today on Facebook took place, only they wore powdered wigs and knew the difference between there, their and they’re.
It took two years as the state of Massachusets was dead set on not ratifying the new document as it did not, in their mind preserve the power and rights of the people. It was through that stubbornness that the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. Guess we do have something to thank Massachusets for after all. In September of 1789, the Bill of Rights addition led to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by North Carolina and Rhode Island, the last of the colonies to do so. The first session of the U.S. Congress took place March 4th, 1789 in New York City.
Taking people from all over Europe with competing interests and goals and coming together to form a more perfect union was no easy task. However, the fact that it was done within two years speaks volumes to their ability to listen to each other and see the merits of differing points of view. Let’s not forget that as we move forward as a nation!