The Anti-Federalist party developed in the late 1700’s, comparable to the start of the Federalists. The Anti-Federalists directly opposed the ratification of the Constitution. Instead, they supported the Articles of the Confederation which gave more rights to the individuals states. The Anti-Federalists developed these views as a result of recently gaining independence from the strong monarchy in England. In turn, the Anti-Federalists opposed the creation of a strong national government, fearing that a centralized government may obtain and exercise too much power at the expense of the people. Furthermore, the Anti-Federalist party was a loosely organized faction. It was not until Thomas Jefferson’s organization and influence that the group gained traction and success as it progressed and became the Democratic-Republican Party.
- First Party System 1792-1824
- Second Party System 1828-1854
- Third Party System 1854-1890
- Current Party System