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  1. In U.S. history, anti-federalists were those who opposed the development of a strong federal government and the ratification of the Constitution in 1788, preferring instead for power to remain in the hands of state and local governments. In U.S. history, federalists wanted a stronger national government and the ratification of the Constitution ...

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  2. Federalists wanted a strong central (federal) government, while antifederalists wanted states to have greater authority. The debates came to a head during the Constitutional Convention over areas like the Supremacy Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause, the Commerce Clause, and the Bill of Rights.

  3. Aug 8, 2019 · The federalist when they were proposing the constitution and arguing for its ratification were opposed to a Bill of Rights. In fact, some of the time even made arguments it would be dangerous, it would be a bad thing. They also argued it was unnecessary. The anti-federalists did not.

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  5. Anti-Federalists emphasized their most successful argument, that the Constitution lacked a bill of rights that protected individual liberties. After first defending the decision not to have a bill of rights, Federalists landed on a

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  6. Jan 3, 2022 · The Anti-Federalists feared the Constitution would create a central government that would act like a monarchy with little protection for civil liberties. Anti-Federalists favored power for state governments where public debate and citizen awareness had opportunities to influence and direct state and national policies.

  7. Mar 1, 2022 · The Antifederalists believed that there should be something stating the basic rights and liberties sanctioned to each citizen. Antifederalists also feared that a centralized government would soon become too controlling and abuse the powers assigned to it, such as the power of taxation.

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