SS230 – 02AU
Making History: The Founding Fathers
August 31, 2009
Unit 4 Project
The Debate between the Federalists and the Anti Federalist
The writing of the Constitution took hours of sweat and debate which still left some people unhappy with it. There were two groups the Federalists and the Anti Federalists who struggled for ratification. The Federalists agreed to the ratification of the Constitution. The Anti Federalists didn’t agree with it. The views between the Federalists and the Anti Federalists were both interesting because they both had good points in what they believed in no matter if one was a true believer in the Constitution or not.
In the state of Pennsylvania the ratification of the Convention began between the Federalists and the Anti Federalists with other states to ratify. The Federalist who supported the Constitution outnumbered the Anti Federalists who opposed it. (Www. Archives.gov)
The Federalists, who were led by James Madison, were basically made up of the Founding Fathers who wrote the Constitution, elite republicans who favored the ideas of the Declaration of Independence. The Federalists believed in liberty and equal rights needed to be protected with the new government which was being established. They believed in freedom and believed that the people should put their trust within the new government.
The Anti Federalists, led by Patrick Henry, believed that liberty was a problem not putting their trust in the new government. They believed the government already had too much control and the Anti Federalist couldn’t see the government allowing equality among the people. The Anti Federalist believed liberty to include property, involving land and people, and the beliefs such as freedom of speech. So the Anti Federalists did not want to ratify the Constitution believing the new government would have too much power not giving the states any.
The Anti Federalists put their heads together and came up...