1939 April 19

Connecticut Ratifies the Bill of Rights – 148 Years Late


Connecticut finally ratified the Bill of Rights, 148 years late. Its action on this day was prompted by the heightened awareness of the Bill of Rights and civil liberties in the 1937–1941 period, which was stimulated by awareness of totalitarianism around the world, in Nazi Germany, Stalinist Soviet Union, and Imperial Japan.

The year 1937 marked the 150th anniversary of the Constitution (see Constitution Day, September 17, 1937) and 1941 marked the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights (see Bill of Rights Day, December 15,1941).

Learn more about the timeline for ratification of all Constitutional amendments: http://www.usconstitution.net/constamrat.html

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