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Federalists- Advocated a strong federal government and supported the US constitution
Anti-Federalists (Republicans)- Opposed the new constitution because they felt a strong central government defeated the purpose of the war with Britain. Believed that the Constitution would not protect the power of the States or the freedom of the people
3. John Adams and the Overthrow of the Federalists
Sedition Act-designed to silence the Republicans (Anti-federalists), forbade spoken or written criticism of the government