Lead: Small in size and population, Delaware was the first state to ratify the new Constitution of the United States.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown - Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Content: After struggling for a decade with an ineffectual national charter, The Articles of Confederation, going disaffection, anarchy on the frontier of several states, the delegates of the several states met in Philadelphia in the late spring of 1787 to try to make something better. After a summer of argument and debate and compromise the delegates initialed the document and sent it out to the states for ratification. Benjamin Franklin said, "There are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them." He accepted the Constitution, however, "because I expect no better and because I am not sure that it is not the best."