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Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists.
Transcript of Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists.
October 9th, 2012 What Are Federalists and
Anti-Federalists? Federalists Alexander Hamilton John Adams Federalists favored a strong central government and had a loose interpretation of the Constitution.
Anti-Federalists favored the protection of states' rights, strict containment of federal powers and had a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
James Madison Thomas Jefferson James Madison Foreign Policy: Pro-British.
Military Policy: Large peacetime army and navy.
Domestic Policy: Aid Business, National Bank, Tariffs
Chief Supporters: Northern Businessmen, Large Landowners. Anti-Federalists Foreign Policy: Pro-French
Military Policy: Small peacetime army and navy.
Domestic Policy: Favor Agriculture, No National Bank, Opposed Tariffs.
Chief Supporters: Skilled Workers, Small Farmers, Plantation Owners. Whiskey Rebellion Federalist View:
Washington responded to the issue by sending 15,000 militia men under Alexander Hamilton's control. This caused the rebellion to end without bloodshed on either side. It was viewed as a success comparing to Shays' Rebellion when the government couldn't do much. Anti-Federalist View:
The military action was widely resented by anti-federalists because they saw it as an unwarranted use of force against the people. The Alien and Sedition Acts Federalist View:
The Federalists were the ones that passed these laws. They believed they were necessary because of rising tension with France and they felt as though these laws were the best solution. Anti-Federalist View:
The Anti-Federalists did not support these laws. They felt as though the Sedition Act violated their right of freedom of speech and this was just another example of the federal government becoming too powerful. Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions Federalist View:
They were against these laws passed in Kentucky and Virginia because they were in opposition of the Alien and Sedition Acts. Anti-Federalist View:
The Anti-Federalists believed that passing these laws into legislature was necessary to protect their rights. They were put in place in opposition to the Alien and Sedition Acts that the Federalists passed.