The Articles of Confederation stirred up many
problems between the states. The antifederalists, or people who opposed a
strong federal government, came into quarrel with the federalists, who
favored a strong federal government. The federalists differ from the
anti-federalists in terms of social, economic, and political expression.
Many differences arose between the federalists and the antifederalists
concerning social issues. First of all, the antifederalists were from
the poorer classes, while the federalists were from higher, more
aristocratic classes. Antifederalists mainly consisted of uneducated
people who made up the working class. Federalists, however, were
aristocratic people who were cultured and well educated. Also, many
popular figures were in conflict with one another, due to their
antifederalist or federalist beliefs. Patrick Henry, a famous patriot
and lawyer, provided support for the antifederalists. Being from
Virginia, the largest and most populous of the states, Patrick Henry was
a powerful figure. On the other hand, George Washington, James Madison,
and John Marshall were all in support of the federalist side. James
Madison, along with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton, wrote The
Federalist, a group of propaganda essays written for the New York
Besides social differences, economic differences also widened the gap
between the antifederalists and the federalists. The poor
antifederalists were in conflict with the rich federalists.
Antifederalists, for instance, consisted of people who were in debt. The
debtors feared a strong central government would make they pay off
their debts. Also, antifederalists also did not want the states to
establish laws regarding tariffs and navigation. Antifederalists were
poor; therefore, they created worthless money to pay off their debts. On
the other hand, the federalists were wealthy people who were of noble
birth. They immensely disagreed with the antifederalist action...
Apr 21st, 2015
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