Ratification Debate Analysis

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The ratifications debates were conducted in New York within a period of seven days between June 21st and 28th of 1788. The debates were dominated by speeches from the Federalists and Anti-Federalists regarding the concerns and opinions about how the country should be governed as well as the contents of the Constitution. Among the notable Federalists were Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington while the Anti-Federalists included Thomas Jefferson among other figures. Although the Federalists and Anti-Federalists had the same goal in mind, they differed on the approaches and ideas for the new government.
The ratification debate centered on five major issues, namely; the Bill of Rights, the legality of the formation of the constitution, the powers granted to the executive branch, centralization of power, and slavery. The Federalists were arguing for a stronger federal government to keep the union strong. The Anti-Federalists, on the other hand,
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Therefore, he proposed that people should be the primary source of power thus preventing a tyrannical majority. Conversely, the Anti-Federalists saw the government the Federalists were proposing as being too far removed from the American people to represent an oligarchy. As such, Richard Henry saw the government of the few as being the worst form of government.
There were vast and complex differences between the views of the Federalists and the Antifederalists. One would describe the beliefs of the Federalists as nationalist, who were instrumental in strengthening the national government. However, the Anti-Federalists saw such act as working at the detriment of the people and the states and thus opposed the ratification process. Unlike the Federalists, the Anti-Federalists favored a Bill of Rights to give liberties that the Constitution had

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