Federalist & Anti-Federalist
By Ximena Chavez p. 2
Why were these documents writen ?
Federalists Leaders : John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay,
Anti-Federalists Leaders: Patrick Henry, George Mason,and Thomas Jefferson,
They believed in a strong central government, reduction of powers of the states and opposed the Bill of Rights. The Federalist also believed that the American Revolutionary war exposed the need for a strong federal government that would levy taxes to protect it’s borders and that could draft people into the Navy and Army. They disagreed with the proposition of a Bill of Rights because a list of rights could never include all rights to be protected.