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Anti Federalist And Anti-Federalists In The Constitutional Convention Of 1787

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During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, there were a number of opposing opinions about how best to resolve the problems with the Articles of Confederation, but ultimately, the fifty-five delegates present at the convention fell into one of two groups: federalists or anti-federalists. The Federalists wanted to dispose of the Articles of Confederation altogether and ratify the Constitution in order to better unite the thirteen states and form a stronger central government. Conversely, the Anti-Federalists opposed this new Constitution on the basis that it gave too much power to the federal government, so they supported amending the Articles of Confederation instead of drafting new legislation. While those who did not want to ratify the Constitution were grouped together under the title of “Anti-Federalist”, delegates had different reasons for holding this stance; one faction believed that stronger government threatened the sovereignty of the states, another thought this new government would too closely model the despotism of Great Britain, and another feared that this new government would threaten individual liberties (The Great). One particular section of the proposed Constitution that Anti-Federalists were concerned with was Article III that outlined the judicial power of the United States and advocated a strong central court system. Anti-Federalists feared too much power would be granted to the Supreme Court of the United States and limit the power of state courts.
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