What delayed the inauguration of the new government under the U.S. Constitution?

1 Answer
Aug 15, 2016

The fear of a strong central government taking away individual freedom, creating a return to the tyranny experienced under the English King.


There was a great fear that the freedom won in the revolutionary war would be lost under the power of a strong central government.

The Bill of Rights proposed by James Madison was instrumental in making the people willing to support the new constitution.

Each state individually had to vote to accept the new constitution. There were debates and voting in each state which took time. States were afraid that the central government would supercede the power of the individual states.

The Federalist papers were written to persuade the states to vote for the constitution. It took time to persuade each of the states and the people to accept the constitution and risk losing power and freedom.