The opening of the Erie Canal, the removal of the British threat and establishment of peaceful relations with the Indians caused the Michigan population to soar from 1825-1833. (Rubenstein & Ziewacz, page 65). In 1833, Michigan had more than the 60,000 residents required for Congress to authorize a constitutional convention, but the Union delayed it due to an unsettled boundary dispute with Ohio. After several years of surveys and a newly elected Michigan governor, Democrat Governor Stevens T. Mason, Michigan was officially proclaimed the 26th state to the Union on January 26th, 1837. (Rubenstein & Ziewacz, page 67).
Before Michigan became a state of the Union, a Constitution was written for “The State of Michigan”, so it could be a free & independent state. This was a set of laws in addition to laws set forth by the federal government. The Constitution of Michigan of 1835 (pages 1-3) includes the Bill of Rights, which lists items such as freedom of speech, right to bear arms, freedom of religion, and right to assemble and petition, just to name a few. These freedoms were just as important then as they are today. The Bill of Rights suggests that the people weren’t treated fairly and needed it to provide protection, benefit & security.
I think the Bill of Rights is adequate as written and I don’t think I would make any changes. The writers did a great job of including many rights that are still important to this day! (The right to bear arms is one that comes to my mind the last few years).
Citation: Rubenstein, Bruce A., and Lawrence E. Ziewacz. Michigan: a History of the Great Lakes State. Wiley, 2014
MI Constitution 1835: https://elearning.delta.edu/d2l/le/content/2886635/viewContent/1542636/View