Anti Federalists Vs The Ratification Of The U.s. Constitution

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On the other hand, Anti-Federalists were against the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Unlike the Federalists, many of the Anti-Federalists were not included in the deliberations on the new constitution; they were not selected as delegates to the constitutional convention. Anti-Federalists were in favor of a confederacy; a system where the central government exercises no control over subunit governments (i.e. states) and acts for the subunits. Therefore, their name, Anti-Federalists, is not a good depiction of what they actually supported. Unlike the Federalists, they Anti-Federalists did not have as much time to prepare and organize for the ratification debates because many of them were not included in the U.S. Constitutions…show more content…
As typical of the time period, both sides commonly wrote under pseudonyms; it is a fictional name used to keep one’s identity concealed. “Keeping one 's identity concealed can force readers to focus on the quality of your arguments, rather than on personalities. It is harder to get ad hominem about a writer you cannot identify. So a pseudonym can serve a good purpose in public discourse.” Also, because the practice was common there was less concern about who authored the piece. When selecting a pseudonym, the authored was very deliberate on who they selected to represent them. The names were selected for symbolic meaning; a practice which was employed by almost all writers from both the Federalists and Anti-federalists. The selection of a pseudonym was vital to the portrayal of an author’s piece. The Federalists Papers were written under the pseudonym Publius, however, it was written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Most Americans would recognize Publius as the Roman who was one of the founders of the republic. Also, they would identify him as an individual who saved the Roman Republic from tyranny on several occasions. Therefore, using Publius as a pseudonym possessed influencing power. The writers of the Federalists Papers wanted to be known as defenders of the republic and used Publius to symbolically represent that. Using a historical figure with a republican reputation such
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