● Ratification fights, esp. MA, NY, and VA
– DE, PA, NJ, GA, and CT ratified first, b/c Federalists were strong there. Massachusetts farmers opposed the Constitution because they felt it protected trade more than agriculture, but Massachusetts became the 6th state to ratify, because federalists agreed to a Bill of Rights. New York was opposed to the Constitution; the Federalist Papers were published there to gain support for it. Virginia and New York would not ratify until the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution. In VA, federalists also spread (false) rumors that staunch Anti-federalist Patrick Henry had changed sides. Because of these colonies, the Bill of Rights was established which has lasted for 300 years and continues to protect our various freedoms.