Federalist And Anti Federalist Point Of View Essay

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Federalist and Anti-Federalist Point of View
The United States of America decided to break away from The British Empire. The first constitution of the United States was the Articles of Confederation, which imposed strict limitations on the authority of the federal government. Most of the power rested in the hands of state governments. The government of the United States under the Articles of Confederation was weak, could not enforce laws, raise an army, regulate commerce, or levy a tax. Every state had a different unit of currency. Each state had its own rules and laws, and mostly acted like an independent nation. After Shays Rebellion, a brief uprising of farmers in rural Massachusetts against political elites, showed the weakness of the government in its present form, and the founders decided the formation of a new Constitution was necessary. Anti-federalists feared that a new central government would become too big, and violate the people’s individual liberties. In response, The Federalist Papers were written, in support of a newer, stronger federal government, which in itself inspired a response called the Anti-Federalist Papers.
The Federalist Papers supported the ratification of the new constitution, which strengthened the central government. The first Federalist Papers: “stressed the importance of ratification to the preserve the union (Kramnick).” The Federalists believed that it was important to give more power to the central government. The old government could…

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