The Federalists vs. The Anti-Federalists Essay

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The Federalists vs. The Anti-Federalists

When the revolutionary war was over, the American colonists had found

themselves free of British domination. Due to the fact that they were free

from British control, they wanted to create their own system of government where

tyranny would be practically diminished. Originally, the separate states were

connected by The Articles of Confederation. But this document gave the central

government no power of their own. Because of this, the states had many problems

in international politics since they had just found freedom and did not have the

respect of other countries. This caused a lot of thinking and it was decided that

a document needed to be created to strengthen
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constitution, it does allow congress to make laws that help out the government in the area of

execution of foreign powers.

The view of the anti-federalists were obviously different. They believed

that the power given to the congress was not safe since it put them too much in

control. Hence they created the Bill of Rights to "establish justice, ensure domestic

tranquillity and provide for the common defense..." The anti-federalists feared that the

actual people would not be fairly represented by their new government since they would have

the power to get rid of the individual rights of the people. The Bill of Rights claims

it is for and by the people. Especially since America is so large, it does not ensure

everyone's opinion would be heard. Many people did not like the idea of having representatives

from each state because one man can not bring forth many different opinions. Anti-federalists

believe that liberty only is present when there are few people and they can actually

get their voice projected. In a large population, like America, the citizens do not get

individual freedom and are deprived of their rights.

Yet, Madison a federalist stated that in a small republic, tyranny could be

much more assessable since it would be easier to dominate others. Unlike

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