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Which of the following was not an issue concerning the ratification of the...

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melissazamora7 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:41 AM via web

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Which of the following was not an issue concerning the ratification of the Constitution?

a.Many smaller states were worried that state government power would be seriously reduced.

b.Many larger states were troubled that the Bill of Rights would add far too much power to the national government

c.Many agreed with Patrick Henry that there was too much power in the presidency and the national government.

d.Many delegates were troubled by the prospect of replacing the Articles of Confederation.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:47 AM (Answer #1)

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Of the options given here, B is the best answer.  There would not have been any cause for anyone (in big states or small) to think that a Bill of Rights would give too much power to the federal government.  In fact, the Bill of Rights was actually added to the Constitution after it was ratified so as to assuage the fears of those who felt that the federal government would have too much power.  Such people felt that the federal government would be distant from the people (like the British government had been) and would therefore infringe on their rights.  It was for this reason that the Bill of Rights was added, limiting the power of the federal government. 

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