The Federalists

and the AntiFederalsts

The federalists

The fedealist is a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution. The supporters of the proposed Constitution called themselves "FEDERALISTS." Their adopted name implied a commitment to a loose, decentralized system of government.

In many respects "FEDERALISM" — which implies a strong central government — was the opposite of the proposed plan that they supported. A more accurate name for the supporters of the Constitution would have been "NATIONALISTS."

Antifederalists

The ANTIFEDERALISTS were a diverse coalition of people who opposed ratification of the Constitution.Antifederalists the proposed Constitution threatened to lead the United States down an all-too-familiar road of political CORRUPTION.