New Jersey Becomes First State to Ratify Bill of Rights
On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. This was a critical first step towards advancing the goals of the revolution which the Declaration of Independence had started. Critics of the U.S. Constitution were concerned that too much power was given to the federal government when the rights of the government were outlined, but those of its citizens were not explicitly specified. Of the proposed twelve articles, New Jersey approved of eleven.