Two sides, Two views
Federalists Vs. Antifederalists
Notable people of the Federalist party
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.
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.
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.