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Anti-Federalists were politicians who were part of the movement that was opposed to the creation of the United States federal government. Subsequently, that same coalition opposed the ratification of the 1787 Constitution. The coalition was led by Patrick Henry from Virginia. The group worried that the establishment of a president in a national government might lead to monarchism.
- The Anti-Federalists were opposed to the Constitution. They feared the power of a national government, the loss of control of local issues, and insufficient separation of powers.
- They believed that the national and centralized government might threaten the sovereignty of the states and of individuals, hence they believed this might lead to the formation of a despotic monarchy.
- Furthermore, the Anti-Federalists believed in the insufficiency or weakness of the Articles of Confederation.
- The Anti-Federalists used pseudonyms and published local speeches and news articles opposing the government.
- One of the Anti-Federalists was Patrick Henry from the state of Virginia. Henry and the coalition argued that the government might be a threat to individuals and that the President might declare himself a king.
- The group produced a series of writings declaring their opposition to the government. Historians compiled them together and they are now known as Anti-Federalist Papers.
- Several states opposed the Constitution. On July 4, 1788, a civil war almost broke out in Rhode Island, where Judge William West and over a thousand protesters marched into Providence.
- Five states ratified the constitution, however in Massachusetts, a compromise was agreed upon, after a series of debates were held in order for the Constitution to be ratified.
- Several states shared the same prerequisites in ratifying the constitution during the Massachusetts Compromise. Thus, when the Constitution was approved in 1789, twelve amendments were included, and from these the Bill of Rights was produced.
- Even though the Anti-Federalists were not successful, they were an important group amongst the founding fathers of the United States, as they influenced those who sought to ratify the Constitution.
- Some Anti-Federalists joined the Anti-Administration Party of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, as opposed to following the the policies of Alexander Hamilton, the Treasury Secretary. The party eventually became the Democratic-Republican Party.
- Notable Anti-Federalists were:
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- Anti-Federalist Acrostic
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