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Federalitst Vs. Antifederalits by Mind Map: Federalitst Vs. Antifederalits
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Federalitst Vs. Antifederalits

Federalist Arguments

The Federalists focused their arguments on the inadequacies of national government under the Articles of Confederation and on the benefits of national government as formed by the Constitution.

They were also much more favorably disposed toward commerce than were the Anti-Federalists, and they argued that a strong central government would foster the commercial growth of the new country.

The Federalist vision of society was more pluralistic than the Anti-Federalist vision. Federalists did not see society as made up principally of farmers, but instead viewed it as comprising many different and competing interests and groups, none of which would be completely dominant in a federalist system of government.

The Federalist Papers

Antifederalist arguments

Antifederalists argued that the Constitution would give the nation a new and untested form of government. They saw not sense in throwing out the existing government.

Antifederalists argued that the Federalists came from an eletist group under a veil of secrecy to create the Constitution. The means of ratification also violated the provisions of the Articles of Confederation.

Antifederalists relied upon Revolution retoric and stressed the virtue of local rule and associated centralized power with tyrannical monarchies.

Antifederalists claimed the Constitution represented a step away from the democratic goals of the revolution towards monarchy and aristocracy.

The Anti-Federalists feared that the Constitution gave the president too much power and that the proposed Congress would be too aristocratic in nature, with too few representatives for too many people.

Antifederalists criticized the Constitution for its lack of a bill of rights, the kind that had been passed in England in 1689 to establish and guarantee certain rights of Parliament and of the English people against the king.

Anti-Federalists argued that the Constitution would spell an end to all forms of self-rule in the states.

The Anti-Federalists also shared the feeling that so large a country as the United States could not possibly be controlled by one national government.

Federalists

Individuals

Government Prefrence

AntiFederalists

Individuals

Government prefrence