Anti-Federalist Papers Quotes by Founding Fathers
Constitutional Convention: Federalists v. Anti-Federalists
The anti-Federalists and their opposition to ratifying the Constitution were a powerful force in the origin of the Bill of Rights to protect Amercians' civil liberties. The anti-Federalists were chiefly concerned with too much power invested in the national government at the expense of states. Howard Chandler Christy's interpretation of the signing of the Constitution, painted in The Anti-Federalists opposed the ratification of the U. Constitution because they feared that the new national government would be too powerful and thus threaten individual liberties, given the absence of a bill of rights.
On this day in , the debate over the newly written Constitution began in the press after an anonymous writer in the New York Journal warned citizens that the document was not all that it seemed., Anti-Federalism was a lateth century movement that opposed the creation of a stronger U. The previous constitution, called the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union , gave state governments more authority.
Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. During the debates over the ratification of the U. Constitution in the late s, supporters and opponents of the Constitution evolved into two opposing political parties. Those who endorsed the Constitution were soon called Federalists; those who opposed it or favored waiting until the document was revised to address their concerns about preserving individual rights were termed Anti-Federalists. The Anti-Federalists only became a party when the Constitution was being voted on by the states and it ended soon after opposition to ratification ceased, but the roots of the party went back for many years.