AFTER THE CONVENTION After the Convention, the Constitution had to be approved by the people of each state: This was called Ratification There were many delegates at the convention who did not want the Constitution to be ratified The resulting argument between advocates and opponents of the Constitution was the called the Federalists Vs Anti-Federalists debate
FEDERALISTS The Federalists were a group that supported a strong federal government Led by three men AlexanderHamilton James Madison John Jay
THE FEDERALISTS Included all delegates of the Constitutional Convention that were in favor of the Constitution including, Franklin, Wash ington, and others. Favored a stronger national government Argued for their viewpoint by writing the Federalist papers
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS A series of 85 letters to the editor written by Jay, Madison, and Hamilton. All letters attempted to persuade people to support the Constitution using various arguments All letters were signed “Publius” in honor of a Roman Consul
THE ANTI-FEDERALISTS Opposed the strong national government that was laid out in the Constitution Led by Patrick Henry and included others like: Sam Adams, George Mason, James Monroe Thomas Jefferson also showed Anti-Federalist ideas, but did not join the movement (was living in France at the time)
ANTI-FEDERALIST PAPERS Argued that the Constitution would take away rights and freedoms that the American Revolution had won. The government would ignore the states and cater to the wealthy Favored local governments closely controlled by the people.
TO START CLASS It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force