The Constitution getsRats, Ticks, and Flies …oops, I mean “Ratified”
South Carolina & Ratification• South Carolina’s delegates didn’t like everything that was put into the Constitution, but they supported it anyway.• The ratifying convention was held in Charleston even though the capital was now Columbia (we’ll get to that later). – This allowed the Lowcountry elite (who tended to be Federalists) to have more impact on the convention than those from the Upcountry (who tended to be Anti-Federalists)
Anti-Federalist Arguments• Anti-Federalists opposed a strong central/federal government.• They feared too much power in the hands of the elite and that the rights of the individuals would be abused.• They also were afraid that the government would be too far away for them to have any impact on it.
Federalist Arguments• The country needed a strong government so it could be more influential in foreign affairs, establish trade relationships with other countries, and become financially stable.
And the winner was….• The Anti-Federalists – Well, only if you count the fact that they got to stay in the United States and get all of the benefits of the United States eventually becoming known as the greatest country on the planet.• In reality, – The Federalists won, the Constitution was ratified in South Carolina making it the 8th state to join the United States of America. – “Voting Breakdown”