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The Federalist Papers. Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist Strongholds at the End of the War. Support mainly from coastal & urban areas and from upper classes - merchants, financiers, shippers, planters though not all upperclass citizens were Federalists Washington, Hamilton, Madison, and Franklin

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The federalist papers

The Federalist Papers


The federalist papers

Federalist vs. Anti-FederalistStrongholds at the End of the War


Federalists

Support mainly from coastal & urban areas and from upper classes - merchants, financiers, shippers, planters though not all upperclass citizens were Federalists

Washington, Hamilton, Madison, and Franklin

They favored strong central gov’t to maintain peace and stability and to strengthen the Union

Federalists


Anti federalists

Support from mainly backcountry & agricultural areas, debtors, and people philosophically opposed to a strong central gov’t

Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason

Oppose a central gov’t that did not guarantee protection of individual rights

Anti-federalists


The federalist papers

Within weeks after the Constitutional Convention adjourned in September 1787, the articles now called the "Federalist Papers" and the "Anti-Federalist Papers" appeared in New York newspapers. Here was a day-by-day debate over the "most important question that was ever proposed . . . to the decision of any people under heaven."

Will the proposed Constitution guarantee or destroy liberty?

Where will power reside?

Who will have it?

Who can give it?

Who can get it back when lost?


Dual in the press

New York was key state

Federalist Papers

By Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison

Beyond the AOC- Underlying premise of their argument: because man is corruptible, he cannot always be trusted to govern himself. Need elaborate constitutional system to prevent rulers from acting arbitrarily and abusive as well as control the passion of the masses

Prevent tyranny of majority and tyranny of minority

No abuse b/c delegated powers in Constitution

Dual in the Press


Anti federalist and bill of rights

Federalists say unnecessary since Congressional members elected

No way say anti-federalists. Basic civil rights need to be listed

Compromise was BILL OF RIGHTS ADDED TO CONSTITUTION

Anti-federalist and Bill of Rights


Examining the federalist papers

Chronology of the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers and corresponding events, from the Constitution Society

Brief overview of the Federalist Papers, from the Library of Congress

Other online "Federalist Papers"

Library of Congress

University of Virginia

Other online "Anti-Federalist Papers"

Liberty Page (full text)

Univ. of Groningen (6 articles)

The U.S. Constitution and amendments, with interrelated links, from Cornell Law School

The U.S. Constitution (text and facsimiles), from the National Archives

Examining The Federalist Papers


Examining the federalist papers focus on the following as you read

The relationship of the individual citizen to the federal gov’t

The relationship of the states to the federal gov’t

Do “factions” or “multiplicity of interests” help or hurt public good?

How does human history support the two views?

Must the republic “guard one part of society against the injustice of another part?”

To what degree is it true that when people part with power, they can never have it back but by force

Are we to have a “tyrannic aristocracy” or a “compound republic?”

Examining The Federalist PapersFocus on the following as you read


Examining the federalist papers in review

What would the Federalist say about the Bill of Rights?

What would the Anti-federalist say about the Bill of Rights?

What would the Federalist say about the American gov’t today?

What would the Anti-federalist say about the American gov’t today?

Examining The Federalist PapersIn Review…


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