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Anti-Federalists vs. Federalists
Transcript of Anti-Federalists vs. Federalists
This group supported the forming of a government and the constitution.
This group opposed the new constitution as they thought it went against what they just fought a war for.
Who are they? What type of people are in each group?
Small Farmers, shopkeepers, and laborers
Large landowners, wealthy merchants and professionals
What do they believe?
Strong state governments
Weaker state governments
Strong federal/national government
A weaker federal/national government
Direct election of officials (the people vote for everybody)
Indirect election of officials
Rule by the common man
Government by the elite
Expected few violations of individual liberties
Strengthened protections for individual liberties
Famous members: Federalist
Famous members: Anti-Federalist
James Lincoln, Patrick Henry
Federalists and Anti-Federalist wrote under code names to get more people on their side.
Anti-Federalists wrote under the code names Aggrippa, Cornelius, and Montezuma
Federalists used the code name; Publius.
The Bill of Rights was added by the Federalists to satisfy the Anti-Federalists.