The Anti-Federalist Papers

The best known anti-federalist was Thomas Jefferson. These opponents of the new Constitution had many objections. Mainly they felt that the Constitution gave too many rights to the National government. Many of them were appeased with the Bill of Rights.  

When those who sought ratification of the Constitution co-opted the name "Federalist," they forced onto their opponents the label "Anti-federalist." This made the Anti-federalists appear purely negative when they in fact stood for affirmative visions of government that were simply different from the framework advocated by the Constitution's defenders.   Perhaps most misleading of all, the designation "Anti-federalist" applied to a group that generally supported a less centralized "federal" government in which the states would retain more power, while the term "Federalist" fell to those who advocated the more centralized national government that they believed the Constitution would guarantee. The Anti-federalists, like many of history's losers, have been misunderstood and underappreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Federalist No 01
Anti-Federalist No 03
Anti-Federalist No 02
Anti-Federalist No 04
Anti-Federalist No 05
Anti-Federalist No 06
Anti-Federalist No 07
Anti-Federalist No 08
Anti-Federalist No 09
Anti-Federalist No 11
Anti-Federalist No 10
Anti-Federalist No 12
Anti-Federalist No 13
Anti-Federalist No 14
Anti-Federalist No 15
Anti-Federalist No 16
Anti-Federalist No 23
Anti-Federalist No 22
Anti-Federalist No 21
Anti-Federalist No 17
Anti-Federalist No 84
Anti-Federalist No 24
Anti-Federalist No 25
Anti-Federalist No 26
Anti-Federalist No 27
Anti-Federalist No 28
Anti-Federalist No 29
Anti-Federalist No 30-31
Anti-Federalist No 32
Anti-Federalist No 33
Anti-Federalist No 34
Anti-Federalist No 35
Anti-Federalist No 36
Anti-Federalist No 37
Anti-Federalist No 38
Anti-Federalist No 39
Anti-Federalist No 40
Anti-Federalist No 41-43
Anti-Federalist No 44
Anti-Federalist No 45
Anti-Federalist No 46
Anti-Federalist No 47
Anti-Federalist No 48
Anti-Federalist No 49
Anti-Federalist No 50
Anti-Federalist No 51
Anti-Federalist No 58
Anti-Federalist No 60
Anti-Federalist No 59
Anti-Federalist No 61
Anti-Federalist No 53
Anti-Federalist No 52
Anti-Federalist No 54
Anti-Federalist No 55
Anti-Federalist No 56
Anti-Federalist No 57
Anti-Federalist No 62
Anti-Federalist No 64
Anti-Federalist No 65
Anti-Federalist No 66
Anti-Federalist No 67
Anti-Federalist No 68
Anti-Federalist No 63
Anti-Federalist No 73
Anti-Federalist No 72
Anti-Federalist No 71
Anti-Federalist No 70
Anti-Federalist No 69
Anti-Federalist No 76-77
Anti-Federalist No 75
Anti-Federalist No 80
Anti-Federalist No 78-79
Anti-Federalist No 74
Anti-Federalist No 81
Anti-Federalist No 83
Anti-Federalist No 82
Anti-Federalist No 85
Anti-Federalist No 18-20