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North Carolina signature page, United States Constitution, 1789.
State Archives of North Carolina




Early Statehood is a period that begins with the convention at Fayetteville voting to accept the Constitution (which now contained a Bill of Rights), making North Carolina the 12th state to ratify the document. This time in North Carolina reflects the struggles of a growing state, which includes shifting borders, changes in the nature of the economy, and continuing conflicts with the Cherokee.