The Federalists
vs.
The Anti-Federalists
The Federalists
•

James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton

•

Wealthier merchants bankers, lawyers, manufacturers, pl...
The Anti-Federalists
• Patrick Henry, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson
• Farmers, tradesmen, lower classes
• More power at t...
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Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists Notes

  1. 1. The Federalists vs. The Anti-Federalists
  2. 2. The Federalists • James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton • Wealthier merchants bankers, lawyers, manufacturers, plantation owners. • Wanted more power at the federal level than the states • The Constitution was set up to protect rights of the people and the people should NOT worry. • Supported a National Bank to help build the economy • Liked a STRONG Central (federal, national) Government that would united the States • Thought there was no need for a Bill of Rights • Supported the Constitution the way it was written • Leaders wrote “The Federalists’ Papers” to Explain the Constitution.
  3. 3. The Anti-Federalists • Patrick Henry, George Mason, Thomas Jefferson • Farmers, tradesmen, lower classes • More power at the state level and not the Federal level – Thought the President would act like a King • States would be better at protecting the rights of the people. • Opposed a National Bank – Too much power • If central government was too strong, it would over power states • WHERE ARE THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE?! – Wanted a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution • Did not support the Constitution the way it was written

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