Two sides, Two views

Federalists Vs. Antifederalists

Notable people of the Federalist party

Alexander Hamilton- Co-founder of the Federalist papers, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, the founder of the Federalist Party, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post.

James Madison- Co-founder of the Federalist papers, he helped frame the Bill of Rights and enact the first revenue legislation, made a major contribution to the ratification of the Constitution, later years, he was referred to as the "Father of the Constitution."

John Jay- Co-founder of the Federalist papers, was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States.

Stood for:

safeguarding the liberty and independence that the American Revolution had created, against the creation of a bill of rights, defending the social gains of the Revolution, and a strong centralized government.

They 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 the excesses of democracy as evidenced in popular disturbances like Shays' Rebellion and the pro-debtor policies of many states.

Notable people of the Anti Federalist party

George Mason-was a Virginia planter, politician, and a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three men who refused to sign. His writings, including substantial portions of the Fairfax Resolves of 1774, the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776, and his Objections to this Constitution of Government (1787) in opposition to ratification of the constitution, have been a significant influence on political thought and events. The Virginia Declaration of Rights served as a basis for the United States Bill of Rights, of which he has been deemed the father.

James Winthrop-Harvard College, Class of 1769, LL.D. - Allegheny College 1817, Postmaster at Cambridge, 1775, Register of Probate - 1775 to 1817, Judge of court of Common Pleas, Librarian of Harvard College 1772-1787, One of the founders of Massachusetts Historical Society.

Patrick Henry-a brilliant orator and a major figure of the American Revolution, perhaps best known for his words "Give me liberty or give me death!",an influential leader in the radical opposition to the British government, but only accepted the new federal government after the passage of the Bill of Rights, for which he was in great measure responsible.

Stood for:

central opposition to the sweeping new powers of the proposed central government, rise of national power at the expense of state power was a common feature of Antifederalist opposition, most powerful objection raised by the Antifederalists, however, hinged on the lack of protection for INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES in the Constitution, believed that the greatest threat to the future of the United States lay in the government's potential to become corrupt and seize more and more power until its tyrannical rule completely dominated the people, Wanted a bill of rights to protect an individual's rights.