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Difference Between Federalist And Anti Federalists

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Shelby Lane
Professor Denman
History 1301
16 October 2017 Federalist or Antifederalist According to Diffen.com, the main difference between federalism and anti-federalism is that federalists wanted a strong national government, whereas, anti-federalists wanted The Articles of Confederation. After reading The Articles of Confederation, I side with the Federalist Party. The benefits of The Constitution of the United States of America are far better than The Articles of Confederation. The Constitution gave the national government the power to do something when money was involved. The Articles of Confederation did not give the national government the power to fund anything that it did. For example, if the congress agreed to fund something and the states did not agree with it, then the states did not have to pay for it. The government could print money but, its value diminished over time. The government could print its own money but, the value of that money diminished over time. The Constitution benefitted
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Largely influenced by the anti-federalist party, the Bill of Rights is a list of ten amendments to the Unites States Constitution. These amendments are a list of individual freedoms for the people. For example, people have the freedom of speech, press, religion, right to assembly, and right to petition the government. The federalist Constitution also has a checks and balances system and limited terms. This system keeps the federal government from gaining too much power. In George Washington's Farewell Address, he describes what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is about. "The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize." (Washington, page
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