Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
Find out the differences of Federalists and Anit-Federalists
Some Famous Federalists and Anti-Federalists:
John Adams was a Federalist. That means he wanted to start all over and disregarded the Articles of Confederation and write a new Constitution. He did not want to keep amending the Articles of Confederation over and over again.
Thomas Jefferson was an Anti-Federalist who wanted to amend the Articles of Confederation instead of rewriting it to make the Constitution. He demanded that there be a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution to state the people's rights.
George Washington was neither a Federalists nor an Anti-Federalist. He was officially neutral his whole presidency. But, he did help write and send the Federalist Papers which stated that a stronger federal government was needed and that a strong state government was not what was best for our country.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The Anti-Federalists wantde to keep the Articles of Confederation and insisted on adding a Bill of Rights to the Constitution. The Federalists wanted to get rid of the Articles and write the Constitution.
Q: Were there more Federalists or Anti-Federalists?
A: There were more Federalists than Anti-Federalists which is why we ended up rewriting the Articles of Confederation wtih the Constitution.
Q: What were the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?
A: There were many weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. For example, all states had one vote in congress no matter the size, congress did not have the power to tax or regulate trade, there was no executive branch. Also, there was no national court system, amendments to the Articles required a unanimous vote, and to pass laws there had to be a 9/13 vote among the states.
Q: Why didn't the Federalists want a Bill of Rights?
A: The Federalists did not think it was neccesary to add it because the Conatitution would state all of their rights and that it was between the government and the people. The Anti-Federalists thought that the central government had too much power and insisted on adding the Bill of Rights.