By: Manasi Ramadurgum
What You Need to Know About James Monroe
James Monroe's impact as a founding father was crucial. When the Constitution was first being drafted, many feared that it gave the government too much power. This caused two different parties to form: the federalists and the antifederalists. The federalists believed that the government needed that much power while the anti federalists thought that it might deprive citizens of their rights. Monroe was an antifederalist and his efforts culminated to create the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution which lists the rights that the people possess.
Monroe was also an abolitionist. Until 1865, slavery was legal in the United States. At that time, there were very few abolitionists, people who wished to abolish slavery. Even rarer were those who actively supported the cause. Monroe helped end slavery in the north and the wes. He also created the colony Liberia for freed slaves. Today, Liberia's capital is called Monrovia.