What is the Constitution? The Constitution summarizes the laws of the United States of America and it founded the government that we use today. Although the Constitution is accepted today, anti-federalists opposed the Constitution in 1787, specifically because anti-federalists believe that the new government would have no power and the military would overpower. Federalists, or those that supported the Constitution, countered the arguments against the Constitution by stating that the new government would unite the United States of America and it would have power, and the military would not be overpowering.
When ever there are two differing opinions on any topic there is always the possibility that the discussion will become heated. Two opposing sides that became so heated that they went to war with each other in America was the South and North. The differences between the North and South can be seen from the colonial period when each side first came to America. During the Constitutional debate there was a lot of heated debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists that continued to dived the two opposing sides. The developments during the Market Revolution continued to divide these two sides due to the Cotton Gin. The Northern States compared to the Southern states can be seen as a more agreeable and established society compared to
The Federalist and Antifederalist viewpoints are what stemmed the whole mess of differences that made them so resistent to each other. The Federalist favored the establishing of the Constitution while the Anti Federalists opposed it. The differences in what these two groups wanted was mindboggler. Because of the sharp differences they had difference in the support size, who supported them, and what they exactly wanted in the Constitution.
Between the fall (September) of 1787 and spring (May) of 1790 , the delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA presented a ratification platform to the American public. The proposed Constitution marked a clear separation from the Articles of Confederation, which created a federal “league of friendship” between the thirteen independent states. The newly proposed Constitution would make the United States have a stronger national presence to all the states rather than a loose confederation of states. The proposed Constitution, and the change created one of the greatest political splits and debates in history. These debates created an anti-federalist and federalist movement. The Anti-federalists on one side objecting to the
The fundamental point of contention between the Federalists and anti-Federalists in their debates over ratification of the Constitution surrounded the question of what powers were necessary in order to insure the security of the nation as a whole. The federalists, of course, believed that a strong central government was necessary, for reasons of national security and economic prosperity. The anti-Federalists were strongly opposed to the centralization of power, rather, they were concerned with retaining the sovereignty of the states and, in turn, their secured political freedom. Three issues were the cause of great apprehension to the anti-Federalists upon reading the proposed Constitution -- the size of the new nation, the problem of political representation and the disconcerting concentration of governmental powers. In interpreting the Constitution, the anti-Federalists believed that because of these key issues and how they were dealt with in the new government, their freedom was seriously at risk. Their fear and distrust of the new government was focused on the relatively few individuals who, under the new government, would hold the political reigns of the nation.
Around the late 1780s, America realized that the government it was using did not work. The States were divided, not together since the Articles of Confederation only loosely bound them together. Each State had different foreign treaties, different laws, even different money. The Constitution was proposed, which would transform the states into a united nation with a single, republican government. Two parties arose who disagreed over whether it should be ratified or not; the federalists and the anti-federalists. The federalists were in favor of unifying the states into one government. The anti-federalists, on the other hand, wanted to fix the Articles of Confederation instead of throwing them out and creating a new government. The two sides had
The making of the Constitution not only developed rules of America, but it also developed a small tear in society’s views and if not mended would begin to rip. There were two different interpretations that were dominant in the viewing of the Constitution: Federalists had a loose interpretation that believed in implied powers, and Anti-Federalists believed that the powers not in the Constitution belong to the states. Even before the development of the Constitution, these two parties were bickering about whether the National government had too much power or too little and it carried through; Federalists still believed in a weak central government with emphasis on individual rights where as the Anti-Federalists saw the national government as too week. These two views were breaking farther apart with each step America took and lead to many controversies in the years to come.
George Washington the first president of the United States had a great duel ahead of him. Outraged citizens had a great deal of tension before his term, but when he entered into office those feelings of frustration arose. The Americans commenced to contradicting the ideas and beliefs of their counterparts, these hostile events eventually lead to the clashing of the citizens. Both sides were infuriated with one another, so they formed separate parties known as Republicans and Federalists. These clashes were instituted by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison of the Republican Party, along with Alexander Hamilton of the Federalist Party. Alexander Hamilton and The Federalists supported a strong central government, and they believed that without one an individual would have too much power possibly forming an anarchy, while the Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and
The Federalists vs. The Anti-Federalists When the revolutionary war was over, the American colonists had found themselves free of British domination. Due to the fact that they were free from British control, they wanted to create their own system of government where tyranny would be practically diminished. Originally, the separate states were connected by The Articles of Confederation. But this document gave the central government no power of their own. Because of this, the states had many problems in international politics since they had just found freedom and did not have the respect of other countries.
The government of the United States has many policies and procedures that we as citizens has to live by some more controversial than some; some policies and procedures has been questioned and some has been justified. I will state some questions about some of these policies and procedures and answer them accordingly. The first pertains to the federalists and the anti-federalists. Explain the differences between the federalists and Anti Federalist. Why did the anti-federalists want a bill of rights? Explain how this country would have been different had they not been successful in their push to add a bill of rights. The differences between the federalists and the anti-federalist are like night and day; it was difficult for these two groups to