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APUSH: Federalists vs. Antifederalists
Transcript of APUSH: Federalists vs. Antifederalists
They enjoyed the support of commanding figures such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
Most of them lived in the settled areas along the seaboard, not only in the backcountry.
Overall, they were wealthier, more educated, and better organized than the anti-federalists.
They controlled the press which means most newspapers supported the Federalists cause. Since the beginning, our Founding Fathers knew it would be difficult to receive acceptance of the Constitution.
In the beginning, laws could only be passed with the ratification (approval) of all thirteen states. [Required by the Article of Confederation]
In order to find a loop-hole around this law, they proposed that only NINE states would have to approve for it to become a supreme law of the land [Article VII]
They used this method because they knew "absent" Rhode Island would veto the Constitution.
This new law became both extraordinary and revolutionary.
It was in effect an appeal over Congress (who called the meeting) and the legislatures (that chose the members) to go directly to the people (who could vote).
This divided Congress submitted the document to the states without recommendation. Antifederalists opposed the stronger federal government.
Federalists supported stronger government. And the Debate Begins! What's the difference?? Leaders of ANTI-FEDERALISTS: Samuel Adams
Richard Henry Lee Also others such as states' rights devotees, backcountry dwellers, one-horse farmers [mostly poor classes], paper-moneyites and debtors [people who where afraid the government would force them to pay their debts in full]
Many anti-federalists saw the Constitution a plot by the rich to steal power from the common folk, Why are anti-federalists against the Constitution?? Federalists Anti-Federalists Voiced objections to the "trap" known as the Constitution.
They thought that the Constitution was created with aristocratic elements meaning they were anti-democratic. Anti-Federalists Beliefs Charged that sovereignty of the states was being submerged and freedoms of individuals were jeopardized by the absence of a bill of rights
They decried the dropping of annual elections for congressional representatives
creation of a standing army
omission of any reference to God
suggested to ratify with only 2/3 of the states Example of federalists.......... Example of anti-federalists..... THE END!