The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

Ralph Louis Ketcham / Aug 17, 2019

The Anti Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates The dissenting opinions of Patrick Henry and others who saw the Constitution as a threat to our hard won rights and liberties Edited and introduced by Ralph Ketcham

  • Title: The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates
  • Author: Ralph Louis Ketcham
  • ISBN: 9780451528841
  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • The dissenting opinions of Patrick Henry and others who saw the Constitution as a threat to our hard won rights and liberties Edited and introduced by Ralph Ketcham.

    Anti Federalism Anti Federalism Anti Federalism refers to a movement that opposed the creation of a stronger U.S federal government and which later opposed the ratification of the Constitution The previous constitution, called the Articles of Confederation, gave state governments authority Led by Patrick Henry of Virginia, Anti Federalist vs Federalist Difference and Comparison Anti Federalist vs Federalist In U.S history, anti federalists were those who opposed the development of a strong federal government and the ratification of the Constitution in , preferring instead for power to remain in the hands of state and local governments Federalists wanted a stronger national government and the ratification Antifederalists ushistory The Antifederalists were a diverse coalition of people who opposed ratification of the Constitution Although less well organized than the Federalists, they also had an impressive group of leaders who were especially prominent in state politics. ANTI FEDERALIST PAPERS The Anti Federalist Papers During the period from the drafting and proposal of the federal Constitution in September, , to its ratification in there was an intense debate on ratification The principal arguments in favor of it were stated in the series written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay called the Federalist Papers, Who Were the Anti Federalists ThoughtCo The Anti Federalists were a group of Americans who objected to the creation of a stronger U.S federal government and opposed final ratification of the U.S Constitution as approved by the Constitutional Convention in The Anti Federalists generally preferred a government as The Anti Federalists and their important role during the The Anti Federalists and their important role during the Ratification fight To accommodate Anti Federalist concerns of excessive federal power, the Bill of Rights also reserves any power that is not given to the federal government to the states and to the people. Anti Federalists United States history Britannica Anti Federalists The first in the long line of states rights advocates, they feared the authority of a single national government, upper class dominance, inadequate separation of powers, and loss of immediate control over local affairs Stilling their opposition in order to support the first administration of President George Washington, Anti federalist arguments answers The anti federalist refused to sign the constitution until there was a promise of the bill of rights Many Founding Fathers were influenced by Locke, his natural rights philosophy of inalienable Differences between Federalists and Antifederalists by Gilder Lehrman Institute Staff Federalists beliefs could be better described as nationalist The Federalists were instrumental in in shaping the new US Constitution, which strengthened the national government at the expense, according to the Antifederalists, of the states and the people. Anti Federalist Papers Anti Federalist Papers Anti Federalist Papers is the collective name given to works written by the Founding Fathers who were opposed to or concerned with the merits of the United States Constitution of Starting on September days after the final draft of the US Constitution and running through the early s,

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    1. After you read the federalist papers it is so mind blowing to read the counter arguments. Both are such a study in government and propaganda. Again, I would recommend reading these essays over any american history text book to anyone that wants to really understand our government. They are facinating.

    2. Overall it is hit and miss. Ketcham gives a VERY detailed review of the Constitutional Convention (180 pages). If you have read The Federalist Papers then you can probably skip it. He does provide a fine annotated bibliography at the end (this is one of those things that separates good books from great ones).Summarizing the Anti-Federalist Position(1) It is agreed that the Articles were defective, but that does not logically prove that the new Constitution is good (Melancton Smith).(2) The probl [...]

    3. I enjoy this even more than the federalist papers, really interesting to anyone who cares about politics or the nature of political thought in this country. This is where it all started.

    4. I would argue that the anti-Federalists' papers are more important than those of the Federalists. I predicate this on the belief that greater comprehension of the status quo comes through studying that which dissents from it. Believe that or not, either way if you had a teacher who forced you to read the Federalist papers and not the anti-Federalist papers, he was most assuredly a fascist.

    5. Kind of tough to read, but if you want to know what went wrong with the country, it's that these guys were right.

    6. The Anti-Federalist Papers were written less in response to the Federalist arguments than I had anticipated. The true discussion was between the Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitution itself. The Anti-Federalist Papers were not less enjoyable a read for all that; in fact, they were impassioned, with moments of stunningly powerful rhetoric. Their downfall lay more in the repetition of or contradiction between the different arguments, the natural result of their not having been designed to be [...]

    7. Finally finally!!! Finishing this was my Christmas present to myself. Also a HUGE realization that I can’t put down a book once I start it. Full (or slow) speed ahead!This was very interesting to hear the conversations that led to the final draft, but I found what was the very most interesting to me, was reading the last 8 pages with the amendments and their dates. Prohibition, removing the prohibition, ending slavery, women getting the right to vote, gosh it was all so great to read how we’ [...]

    8. Very difficult to read and understand but also very interesting to discover more about the governmental beliefs of the founding fathers and what influenced them. The same goes for the Federalist Papers.

    9. This book was definitely not my style, as I don't appeal to such books. But overall seeing the cleverness of the writing was very neat.

    10. Students of US History have likely read the Federalist papers, or some of them, and even if they haven't , they refer to them. This is the next course, the Anti- Federalist papers. These are source documents of what the opposition of the time had to say, on perhaps why this Constitution business may not have been such a good idea. Some of their thoughts and criticisms are not only timely, some seemed ripped right out of todays news from voices of both the Right and the Left.Some of these source [...]

    11. The Anti-Federalist Papers. By Ralph Ketcham.Here is 406 pages about some of the most important events in the history of America. The decade of 1770 – 1780 was a crucial time. After the Revolutionary War and the break from Briton, most modern Americans do not realize how much thought, discussion and debate occurred in the establishment of the founding documents of the Constitution. After the Declaration of Independence and the Colonial Rebellion, a Constitutional Convention was held by our fou [...]

    12. I really enjoyed reading the Anti-Federalist Papers. Before reading the book, I had thought of those who didn’t sign the Constitution at the Convention asnot bright enough to get it. Great men, but just a little short compared to those that signed. Now having read the arguments against, I realized that these men were patriots and statesmen who contributed much by their voice of caution and their criticisms. This resistance I feel helped improve the dialogue, discussions, and ultimately the con [...]

    13. This volume is an excellent companion to the Federalist Papers. Although far from being a comprehensive collection of Anti-Federalist writings, it provides an excellent summary of key points of debate in the shaping of the U.S. Constitution. The book's introduction provides a brief summary of Federalist and Anti-Federalist principles, as well as some historical context, a brief chronology, and a summary of Anti-Federalist arguments. The book then moved on to James Madison's notes on the Federal [...]

    14. I have nothing interesting to say. I know very little about the Anti-Federalists, other than the pro-"small government" idea, since according to the blurb, "Although the Anti-Federalists lost, they came close to winning"They say the winners write the history books*EDIT*Another 1776 momentEdward Rutledge saying that slavery has to do with interest, not religion, and that South Carolinans and Georgians are not such fools as to abolish slaveryEerily close to the musicaless the producers did their h [...]

    15. Okay, being a collection of primary source documents it seems a bit silly to rate them. But I found them to be precious, informative and stimulating. This edition especially gave some keen insights into the process by which our country was created, the players, their thoughts. The things I have always taken for granted about our government and the way it runs. So many statements I agreed with, so many persons that seemed interesting. I don't know that this would be fun reading for all, but if yo [...]

    16. This is a compilation of articles written by men who opposed the ratification of the Constitution of the United States, or at least had some reservations about it as it had been originally written. These articles provide a thorough understanding of the arguments for and against the constitution as presented at the Constitutional Convention. The book also includes a copy of the Articles of Confederation, the document the colonies held before the ratification of the constitution. I felt this book [...]

    17. This was an excellent collection of essays written in competition with the Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers were written primarily (at the time at least) by men who were arguing in favor a large centralized federal government, and even a central bank independent from the government itself (later to become The Fed). The lead writer of the Federalist Papers was knowingly supported by and an agent of the European bankers (even argued in favor of a monarchy). The writers of the Anti-Federali [...]

    18. The most fascinating part of this book is the Constitutional Convention debates, via Madison's daily journal. The day-to-day accounts of the major events in the construction of the U.S. government remind you that the people who organized the American government were really just a bunch of guys in a room who'd been allowed the unusual privilege to organize their ideal political system. The only question was what did that look like and how would it actually work? Really strips away the facade of h [...]

    19. Needless to say, I wasn't rooting for Patrick Henry during his anti-federalist discussion. However, it does give you a list of accomplishments under the Articles of Confederation. For example, under the A of C, America won the Revolutionary War.

    20. It was good to read this to get the perspective of those who believed in something that didn't come to be the reality of what America is. However, when read with the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers really couldn't hold a candle to them.

    21. I loved seeing the opposing views of the makers of our Constitution, especially the views expressed by the unknown Federal Farmer. He drew out some really good points about the House of Representatives not being adequately represented, among other things.

    22. This would make a decent book for a class, but otherwise you are better off just finding the complete anti-federalist works and Madison's notes on the Constitutional Convention online. Both are definitely worth reading.

    23. Nice collection of Anti-Federalist papers. Extremely useful to have the other side of the story. Not definitive, but the book to start with for the side of the story of our founding that has received much less attention.

    24. A must-read for anyone curious about America, or the origins of the system of government in which we find ourselves. In particular, it's good to note the predictions made of some of the Anti-Federalists, and how, sadly, they were exactly right about the nature of this government.

    25. I hoped it would have a little more of the actual anti-federalist papers, but it is still a great read. Understanding what was being discussed during the birth or our country should be required reading in schools!

    26. Is it bad to enjoy these more than the Federalist Papers? These arguments came to pass as the government DID overstretch and usurp power from the rest. these guys were right.

    27. The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates (Signet Classics) by Ralph Ketcham (2003)

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