Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists
Terms in this set (18)
John Jay - delegate from NY, publisher of the Federalist papers. Later became the first chief of justice in 1789.
James Madison - wrote much of the Constitution. Know as "the father of the Constitution" He wrote the 10 amendments.
Alexander Hamilton - a delegate from NY, publisher of Federalist papers.
A collection of 85 essays written Oct. 1787-Aug.1788 with the goal of influencing the vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution. Written by Hamilton, Madison, Jay under the name
Wanted a strong federal government with a 2 house legislature. Representative democracy, with single representatives for 30,000 people
Believed in elitism -higher class were most fit to govern.
Favored ratification of Constitution
Argued a Bill of Rights wasn't needed, as federal power was limited
Property owners, rich merchants
Opposed ratification of Constitution.
Wanted a weak central government.
Patrick Henry, delegate from VA, led the attack on the Constitution
George Mason, author of Virginia's Bill of Rights, owned slaves didn't like the 3/5th Compromise. Refused to sign name to new Constitution
Thomas Jefferson- VA, principal writer of the Declaration of Independence.
Small farmers, shopkeepers, laborers
Believed in the decency of the common man and participatory democracy (closer to direct democracy)
Wanted a Bill of Rights
Wanted stronger state government, frequent elections, smaller districts, more direct democracy