Ratification of the US Constitution

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Introduction

As the Founding Fathers debated over the failure of the Articles of Confederation. They sought for a new document that establishes the size and role of the central government, federalism and the protection of individual rights.
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The first political parties

Not everyone was in favor of the ratification of the US Constitution, they feared that the Constitution would give more power to the central government and less to the state government.

Thus the Federalist and Anti-Federalist were formed.

The Federalists were in favor of ratifying the US Constitution. The key leaders of the Federalists were George Washington and James Madison.

The Anti-Federalists were not in favor of ratifying the US Constitution. The key leaders of the Anti-Federalists were Patrick Henry and George Mason.

The key argument issues

The size and role of the central government

Federalism

Individual rights