Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Find out the differences of Federalists and Anit-Federalists

The Difference.

The states had a disagreement about what they should do after the Articles of Confederation. Therefore, two parties were formed. The federalists and the anti-federalists. The federalists wanted a strong federal government and that the states should have less power. They wanted to start over and keep the Constitution and disregard the Articles of Confederation. This included John Adams, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. Now the anti-federalists wanted the opposite. They wanted a weaker federal government and stronger state governments. They did not agree with disredarding the Articles of Confederation and they demanded to add a Bill of Rights in the Constitution. This included Thomas Jefferson.

The Outcome.

The states ended up scrapping the Articles of Conferderation and writing a Constitution. To please both the federalists and the anti-federalists, a Bill of Rights was added to it. The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments in the Constitution stating the given rights of the people.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can you summarize the main difference between Federalists and Anti-Federalists?

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.