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Federalists Vs. Antifederalists by Mind Map: Federalists Vs.
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Federalists Vs. Antifederalists

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Anti Federalists

Problems in the Constitution

New and untested government

Nothing wrong with the Articles of Confederation

Too much power to president

No Bill of Rights

Congress didn't have enough representatives

Wanted agrarian republic

Landowning farmers ran local politics

Thomas Jefferson agreed

US too big to be controlled by one government

Union should break into 3 or 4 countries


Thought that the Articles of Confederation were too weak

Wanted a stronger national government

Would help commerce

Federalist Papers

85 essays written to support the Federalist cause

By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

Defend the republicanism of the Constitution, talk about flaws of the Articles and benefits of union

Talk about two types of government: democratic and republican, Democracy = All the people participate in government, Republic = People elect reps to make government decisions, Madison preferred repulic



9 states need to approve Constitution before it was approved

Ratification not guarenteed, Many people opposed a stronger federal government, These people were called "Anti Federalists", Patrick Henry, George Mason, and Edmund Randolph, Local politicians, farmers, tradesman, Thought each state should be an independent government, People who supported the Constitution were "Federalists", Wealthier merchants and plantation owners, Included James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, as well as George Washington and Ben Franklin


Constitution ratified by all 13 states

Federalist delegates elected to state conventions

Bill of Rights added to Constitution