Why did the promise of a bill or rights encourage states to ratify the constitution?
because the original Constitution didnt specifically protect freedoms of speech, religon, ect. they were promised the bill of rights to be added soon after if they signed on.
A bill of rights was not included in the Constitution because most of those who wrote it did not think one was needed. What we now call the Bill of Rights was added as the first ten amendments to the constitution because the States would not ratify the Constitution without a promise that such a Bill would be added.
This first ten amendments were added to guarantee unalienable rights that the Constitution left out. The are identical to the Bill of Rights, because many states would not ratify the Constitution without the rights provided from the Bill. Therefore, the main purpose was simply to ratify the Constitution.
The Constitution was signed by the delegates and authenticated by George Washington without the Bill of Rights -- the first ten amendments to the Constitution. When the Constitution was sent to the 13 states for ratification, the Bill of Rights was not included, and many states would have failed to ratify without an iron-clad promise that certain rights would be memorialized in writing later. Eventually, all 13 state legislatures ratified the original document, and the…