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Federalist/Anti-Federalist by Mind Map: Federalist/Anti-Federalist
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Federalist Argument

Federalists wanted a strong federal government, that united the states as a union.

Focused their arguments on the Confederation's short-comings, and the benefits of the Constitution passing.

Argued that the Constitution would help father commerce, and that society was full of many groups, rather than just farmers.

Thought that the loose confederation of states would be more vulnerable to internal and external problems

Anti-Federalist Argument

Wanted states to have sovereign independent governments, less like a union of states.

They did not like the idea of using an untested form of government, and saw no problems with the current government.

They saw the Constitution as a step away from the democratic goals thought of during the Revolutionary Era.

Many believed the society should be agrarian, so that the virtues of democratic freedom would last, and not deteriorate into tyranny.

Famous Federalists

Alexander Hamilton

John Jay

James Madison

Famous Anti-Federalists

Patrick Henry

George Mason

Thomas Jefferson

Samuel Adams