Anti-Federalists

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.

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