Federalists v. Antifederalists

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Federalists v. Antifederalists by Mind Map: Federalists v. Antifederalists

1. Antifederalists were...

1.1. Patrick Henry and George Mason.

1.1.1. Usually less wealthy farmers and tradesmen.

2. Federalist were...

2.1. George Washington, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin.

2.1.1. Wealthy elite of plantation owners and merchants of the South.

3. What they argued...

3.1. The document would give the country an entirely new an untested form of government.

3.1.1. The framers of the Constitution had met as an elist group under a veil of secrecy and had violated the provisions of the Articles of Confederation. Often relied on thr rhetoric of the Revolutionary War era, stating that the Constitution represented a step away from the democratic goals of the American Revlution and toward the twin evils of monarchy and aristocracy. A country as large as the United States culd not possibly be controlled by one national government.

4. What they believed....

4.1. Focused on the inadequacies of national government under the Articles of Confederation and the benefits of national government formed by the Constitution.

4.1.1. Veiwed America by comprising many different and competing interest groups, none of which would be completely dominant in a federalist system of government. Viewed "faction" as the most destructive problems of U.S. They believed the Constitution would solve this problem.