The ratification of the U.S. Constitution saw the emergence of two, opposed political parties: the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. As each of the thirteen colonial legislatures sought to ratify the U.S. Constitution, both Federalists and Anti-Federalists produced political â€˜papersâ€™ – often published in sympathetic newspapers â€“ that explained their ideological rationale.
Examine the writings of the Federalist of Anti-Federalist Parties in light of the historical context of the late eighteenth century. These are found in MyPolySci Library.
Which party would you align yourself with? Why? Please be sure to support your answer(s) with the writings of either the Federalist or Anti-Federalist parties.
STUDENT #1 RESPONSE
Helloâ€™ Prof and Classmates
I would half to align myself with the Anti-Federalists party because I agree with the view Thomas Jefferson had for America we broke free from great Britain to have the rights to free speech but under the Alien and Sedition Acts, put into place under John Adams and the Federalist party in 1798 it limited the rights of the people to talk freely against policies that they did not believe would be in the best interest of the country.
â€œHe who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the worldâ€™s believing him. This falsehood of tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions. â€“ Letter to Peter Carr (19 August 1785)â€™â€™ (Jefferson, 1785).
STUDENT #2 RESPONSE
I would align myself with the Anti-Federalist, as I share the belief of having a small central government and allowing the states to make decisions for themselves. “Their menacing cry is for a rigid government, it matters little to them of what kind, provided it answers that description. As the plan now offered comes something near their wishes, and is the most consonant to their views of any they can hope for, they come boldly forward and demand its adoption” (Harding, 1896). Furthermore, the piece where Harding describes the Federalists desire to ratify the constitution without allowing the people to “either time or opportunity to scan or weigh it in the balance of their understandings” sounds awfully similar to our current governments actions surrounding Obamacare, if you remember the claim, “we have to pass the bill before we can see what’s in it.” The Federalists believed much like our current government does, that the people are to be fooled not feared.