Federalists / AntiFederalists
Who are these groups?


After the constitution was created, it needed to be
RATIFIED (approved).



It became obvious th...
View of the Federal
Government
Federalists


Believed there needed
to be a strong, federal
government.

Anti-Federalists
...
View of the 3 branches
Federalists


Believed the three
branches should have
equal power.

Anti-Federalists


Believed t...
View of who should lead the
government
Federalists


Wanted a strong
president or executive
to lead the country.

Anti-Fe...
View of the Articles of
Confederation
Federalists


Believed the Articles
needed to be
completely revised.



Believed t...
Ideas about a Bill of Rights
Federalists


Didn’t think a bill of
rights was necessary.



Were afraid if you
started li...
Famous Members
Federalists

Anti-Federalists



Alexander Hamilton



Patrick Henry



John Jay



George Mason



Ja...
Writings – There are examples
of these in the blue textbook.
Federalists


Wrote the Federalist
Papers…a collection of
es...
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Federalists / Anti-Federalists

  1. 1. Federalists / AntiFederalists
  2. 2. Who are these groups?  After the constitution was created, it needed to be RATIFIED (approved).  It became obvious that there were two ways of thinking about the Constitution. Some were for it and some had problems with it.  We call these two groups the Federalists and the AntiFederalists.  Lets look at what they believed…
  3. 3. View of the Federal Government Federalists  Believed there needed to be a strong, federal government. Anti-Federalists  Were afraid of a federal government becoming too powerful.  Wanted to keep most power with the states.
  4. 4. View of the 3 branches Federalists  Believed the three branches should have equal power. Anti-Federalists  Believed that the legislative branch should have more power than the executive and the courts.
  5. 5. View of who should lead the government Federalists  Wanted a strong president or executive to lead the country. Anti-Federalists  Were afraid a president would become like a king.  Wanted to not have a strong executive.
  6. 6. View of the Articles of Confederation Federalists  Believed the Articles needed to be completely revised.  Believed that the country functioned better as a united country. Anti-Federalists  Wanted to keep the structure of a loose union of independent states.  Wanted only minor changes in the articles.
  7. 7. Ideas about a Bill of Rights Federalists  Didn’t think a bill of rights was necessary.  Were afraid if you started listing rights people would think those were the only rights you had. Anti-Federalists  Believed a Bill of Rights was necessary to protect the people from the government.
  8. 8. Famous Members Federalists Anti-Federalists  Alexander Hamilton  Patrick Henry  John Jay  George Mason  James Madison
  9. 9. Writings – There are examples of these in the blue textbook. Federalists  Wrote the Federalist Papers…a collection of essays designed to convince people to support ratification. Anti-Federalists  Also wrote essays

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