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ANTI-FEDERALISTS ed by Lee Crane

PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED TODAY ABOUT SIZE OF GOVERNMENT, TAXATION, ETC. ARE ARGUED BY STATESMENT AT THE TIME OF THE US CONSTUTIONAL CONVENTION.

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Passage of the United States Constitution by the state representatives and later ratification turned out to be a contentious endeavor.  The process yielded many a tense debate, as hard-fought as any in American history.  A number of articles written in various apers throughout the land are today viewed as preservers of that great debate.  One set of papers, for the Constitution, are called the Federalist Papers. 
Presented in this book are the critics of the Constitution, whose premises sometimes became the law of the land.  Some of their arguments are still active.  We are talking about state’s rights, a bill of rights, taxation, armies, and the size of government, to name a few.

Although the need for a form of government to replace the
Articles of Confederation cried out for action in the early nineteenth
century, agreement on just what form a constitution might take proved
hard to achieve. Articulated and powerful men like Madison, Jay, and
Hamilton argued quite successfully for a strong central government with
broad powers and three part of government. To make their point the
group initiated a series of printed statements called the Federalist Papers.
A group just as articulate determined to oppose the ratification
of the proposed constitution. This groups included individuals who were
less inclined to divulge their identity, but whom we think included
Samuel Bryan writing as “Centinel” or “Pennsylvania Minority,” Richard
Henry Lee or Melancton Smith writing as the “Federal Farmer,” John
DeWitt and/or George Clinton writing as “Cato, James Winthrop writing
as “Agrippa,” John Francis Mercer as a Maryland “Farmer,” and Patrick
Henry speaking out at every opportunity.
It should be noted that many of the criticisms of the Constitution
have relevance today, and many people would still agree with some of the
anti-federalist camp.
Like modern politics, the battles were hard fought with little
quarter given. The stakes were certainly high, and only a degree on
compromise, the nurturer of all politics, allowed for the passage of the
Constitution as we know it today.
The articles and letters presented here are not all-inclusive, but
represent the vast majority of the arguments and presentations made
against ratification of the Constitution. Presented are the prolific views
of the Pennsylvania minority, Brutus, the Federal Farmer, the Maryland

The letters from a Federal Farmer provided perhaps the most complete
exposition of anti-federalist thought. These letters appeared in a series of
articles published in the New York Poughkeepsie Country Journal from
November, 1787, through January, 1788, usually titled Letters from the
Federal Farmer.
The first five of these articles were also printed as a pamphlet called
“Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of
Government Proposed by the Late Convention; and to Several Essential
and Necessary Alterations to it, In a Number of Letters from the Federal
Farmer to the Republican.” The candidates suspected as the authors or
authors consists of Richard Henry Lee, a Virginia delegate to the
Continental Congress, and Melancton Smith of New York.


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