The Federalists And The Anti Federalists Essay

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The battle to ratify the constitution quickly fell into two camps; the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalists defended ratification of the constitution as it was written with the Anti-Federalists arguing against ratification for a number of reasons. The battle lines had been drawn, however, the arguments were far from consolidated; especially within the camp of the Anti-Federalists. Additionally, both sides took to media outlets to argue their positions where the written word on the argument of ratification played heavy on the side of the Federalists. Arguments against ratification brought forth by the Anti-Federalists were many and centered primarily on a long standing hostility to a stronger central government. Additionally, their arguments against ratification were sometimes as varied as the men that spoke against it. For instance, Luther Martin, Robert Yates, and John Lansing thought the constitution fundamentally flawed with Martin arguing for a revised Articles of Confederation vice a new form of government. George Mason, Elbridge Gerry, and Richard Lee believed the constitution should contain amendments. One of the first challenges brought forth on ratifying a constitution which implemented a strong central government by Anti-Federalists was whether the United States should be reduced to one great republic, governed by one legislature, under the direction of one executive and one judicial. This argument was furthered under the premise that the…

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