Ratifying the U.S. Constitution 

Federalists vs Anti-Federalists

Federalists view points

  • Argued that state legislatures, not the people had approved the failed Articles.
  • The new Constitution would protect America against tyranny and corruption through its system of checks and balance.
  • Written by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton
  • A collection of 85 Articles


Number 10

"Liberty is to faction what air is to fire, an aliment without which it instantly expires. But it could not be less folly to abolish liberty, which is essential to political life, because it nourishes faction, than it would be to wish the annihilation of air, which is essential to animal life, because it imparts to fire its destructive agency.”

-James Madison