Federalist and Anti-Federalist

Jazmin Zalapa


They were known for their support towards The Constitution. They supported a strong central government which was the opposite of the proposed plan that they supported. They believed that the Constitution was required in order to safeguard the liberty and and independence that The American Revolution had created. Most importantly, the Federalists believed that the greatest threat to the future of the United States did not lie in the abuse of central power, but instead could be found in what they saw as the excesses of democracy as evidenced in popular disturbances like Shays' Rebellion and the pro-debtor policies of many states.


This people were against the ratification of the constitution. They proposed that the constitution threatened the lead of the US to corruption. All three branches of the new central government threatened Antifederalists' traditional belief in the importance of restraining government power. People such as James Winthrop, Melacton Smith, Patrick Henry and George Mason were Antifederalist. They were joined by a large number of ordinary Americans particularly yeomen farmers who were in rural America. They all shared the same beliefs against the consitution.