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Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist
Transcript of Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist
Federalist: Pro British
Type of Government
Federalist: strong central government
View of the Constitution
Federalist: broad interpretation of Constitution
Federalists: Large peacetime army and navy.
Federalist: Aid business, national bank, tariffs.
Federalist: Alexander Hamilton and John Adams
Anti-Federalist: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
Anti-Federalist: Pro French
Anti-Federalist: weak central government
Anti-Federalist: strict interpretation of constitution
Anti-Federalists: Small peacetime army and navy.
Anti-Federalist: Favor agriculture, no national bank, Opposed tariffs.
Federalist: Northern businessmen, large landowners.
Anti-Federalist: Skilled workers, small farmers, plantation owners
The Federalists were firmly against the Whiskey Rebellion. After mustering 15,000 militiamen, to be sent to Pennsylvania to quell the rebellion, Washington appointed Alexander Hamilton, the Federalist leader, to lead the troops.
The Anti-Federalists supported the Whiskey rebellion. Thomas Jefferson, the Anti-Federalist leader, gained support amongst western farmers for his criticism of the government.
Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions
The Federalists did not support the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions. They felt it directly undermined the power of the government.
Alien and Sedition Acts
The Federalists supported the Alien and Sedition Acts. In 1798 the Federalists controlled the majority in both houses and passed the acts to restrict the Anti-Federalists. The acts gave the executive branch much power by allowing him to control the press and deport any aliens considered "Dangerous."
The Anti-Federalists did not support the Alien and Sedition Acts. They felt the acts gave too much power to the the central government. They argued it violated the First Ammendment.
The Anti-Federalists supported the resolutions. They believed that the states had entered a "compact" with the government and could therefore nullify federal laws at will. The resolutions, were written by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison respectively, the most prominent Anti-Federalist leaders of the time.