History of the Constitutional Convention – Episode 25

Ned Ryun continues his series on the Constitutional Convention.

In this Episode:

  • The  final debates at the Constitutional Convention center on signing questions.
  • Elbridge Gerry, George Mason and Edmund Randolph all voice displeasure with the document and refuse to sign.
  • A committee on style is formed to write the Constitution.
  • A Bill of Rights is proposed and debated, but soundly defeated, only for the issue to be resurrected again during the ratification debates.
  • Washington supports a measure to increase representation in the House to win over dissenters, but the dissenters refuse to sign.
  • The Constitution is signed and the debate for its ratification begins.