Federalists VS. Anti-Federalists

Key differences and background beliefs

Federalists

Federalists


  • Liked the constitution
  • Favored a strong central gov't
  • Against Articles of Confederation
  • 3 federalists John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison.


The supporters of the proposed Constitution called themselves "FEDERALISTS." Their adopted name implied a commitment to a system of government. In many respects "FEDERALISM" — which implies a strong central government. A more accurate name for the supporters of the Constitution would have been "NATIONALISTS."


The Federalist 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.

Anti-Federalists

Anti-Federalists

Anti-Federalists
  • Liked the Articles of Confederation
  • For the Bill of Rights
  • Feared a strong federal gov't
  • 3 anti federalists George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Samuel Adams.

The ANTIFEDERALISTS were a diverse coalition of people who opposed ratification of the Constitution. Although less well organized than the Federalists, they also had an impressive group of leaders who were especially prominent in state politics.