Post #13: Federalists vs. Antifederalists

I learned a lot this week about the differences between Federalists and Anti-federalists, where they are generally from, and the kinds of people they are. The Federalists were generally from the North and resided in cities while the Antifederalists were generally from the South and resided in rural areas. Although Puritans lived in rural societies, they lived in the North, therefore they probably tended toward the side of Federalists. The main difference between the two is that the Federalists were Pro-Constitution while the Anti-federalists were against the Constitution. Furthermore, the Federalists believed in weak states and a strong central government while Anti-federalists believed in strong states and a weak central government. Since the Anti-federalists feared strong central government, they insisted upon a Bill of Rights so that the central government could not deprive them of their rights. While Anti-federalists were Pro-slavery, the Federalists were in between. Some of the Federalists were Pro-slavery and some were Anti-slavery. Famous Federalists include: Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and John Jay. On the other hand, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and Daniel Shays were Anti-federalists. Eventually, the Federalists prevailed and the Constitution was approved by the states. However, a Bill of Rights was added in order to insure rights for the people.


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