Anti-Federalism: An Analysis Of Federalist 10 By James Madison

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On a wet spring day in 1787, a group of powerful men gathered together to revise the articles of confederation. Instead however, they covertly framed an entirely different form of government, a republic made up of three different branches, judicial, executive, and legislative. Once released to the public, many citizens had extreme doubts about this new government. They feared that because of the government’s size and lack of diverse representation, that it would fail to represent the concerns and interests of the public. They feared that human nature combined with excess of power given to a smaller amount of representatives would result in corruption. And lastly, the people worried that with this corruption, the loss of their rights and freedom would soon follow. James Madison, an American …show more content…
However through the events following the constitution’s ratification such as the whiskey rebellion, the installation of a national bank, and the passing of the sedition act, the anti-Federalist’s concerns of the new republic were proved valid.
One of the anti-Federalists main concerns and the first real threat to the new constitution, was that a small government would not be able to represent the concerns and interests of America’s large and diverse population. This concern was proved legitimate as rural farmers experienced the negative effects of the Whiskey act. The Whiskey act was a 25% tax imposed by the federal government onto alcohol in 1791. Many farmers whose main crop was the wheat used in the production of the alcohol, experienced major economic setbacks. These farmers began to protest and eventually, their protests going unheard, began to rebel. Madison argues in Federalist #10 that the main issues in their nation will be at the fault of

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