The last half of the 18th century was a time of social upheaval in North America after the successful American Revolution, which lasted from 1775 to 1783, and the ratification of the Constitution in 1787. After a long and occasionally bitter debate, the Bill of Rights was adopted in 1791. The adoption of the Bill of Rights was problematic. There was a dispute between the Federalists, who did not want a Bill of Rights, and the AntiFederalists, led by Thomas Jefferson, who wanted a Bill of Rights. The Constitution was ...

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