As every American should know (and many students of world history do know), the current US Constitution, and its first 10 Amendments, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified together. It has always been my impression that the Bill of Rights was ratified simultaneously but separately - i.e. that while many states did indeed ratify them both in the same act, it would have been possible to ratify the Constitution but not the Bill of Rights.
I have recently begun to question this bit of childhood education. Didn’t some states ratify them separately or at least extensively debate giving the Bill of Right the bye? I’d be especially grateful for cites/links to source documents.
I’m also interested in recommendations of authorative, source-linked websites, essays, 18th C. speeches, etc. on the political and social forces in the Articles of Confederation era - specifically, the down-and-dirty of how it was decided to abandon the Articles of Confederation, and of the political negotiations in writing the current Constitution. By ‘down and dirty’, I mean the actual, often messy, process, not the neat stylized versions that are easily found everywhere.
I know this sounds like a homework question, but I already have my doctorates (alas, in subjects far removed from history). I’ve devoted a few lunch hours to trying to research it (I call this my ‘internet diet’), but I must not be hitting the right search terms to get the kind of answers I want – and some seemingly authoritative sites I’ve found have contradicted each other
Thanks in advance.