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The Anti-Federalist Papers

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The arguments against ratification appeared in various forms, by various authors, most of whom used a pseudonym. Collectively, these writings have become known as the Anti-Federalist Papers. They contain warnings of dangers from tyranny that weaknesses in the proposed Constitution did not adequately provide against, and while some of those weaknesses were corrected by adop ...more
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Published June 14th 2010 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kevin
Aug 22, 2012 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Having now read both the Federalist Papers and the Anti-Federalist papers, I can get a glimpse of the full debate which took place between the end of the Constitutional Convention and the eventual ratification. Many of the concerns of the Anti-Federalists were included in the first ten amendments, known today as the Bill of Rights. The writer of the Anti-Federalist Papers shared many common concerns: a general mistrust of ceding power to a national government, a fear of an all encompassing judic ...more
Neal
Jun 04, 2012 Neal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One must read the Anti Federalist Papers to get the rest of the story of America. From these readings one begins to understand why we have the division we have in our society. Most people skip reading (if they are even aware of this source)and never get the complete story. Although I keep this book in my archives (Kindle) I do pull it up from time to time to refresh my memory.
Michael Stumborg
Aug 08, 2015 Michael Stumborg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Supreme Court
When I wrote Hillary Clinton's Village , I noted that those in opposition to the new Constitution – the Anti-Federalists – deserve an equal share of the credit for the final form of our Constitution. The Federalists would have to win over the Anti-Federalists, or refute their objections to the new Constitution, if they had any hope of seeing it ratified by the States. No doubt then, that the “loyal opposition” put forward in the The Anti-Federalist Papers made the protections in our Constitut ...more
Paul
Mar 30, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection had nearly tragically been lost to history.

Most people don't remember anything about the Articles of Confederation or the debates surrounding the ratification of the US Constitution. Most of us are aware that the Federalist Papers exist and serve as the anonymous voice in support of the Constitution. Well, here's the other side of the coin—the argument that the Articles of Confederation were all that was necessary to the government of a free people in the absence of the strong Fe
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Royce Ratterman
Jan 14, 2016 Royce Ratterman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring.
A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
Jack Haefner
Feb 01, 2013 Jack Haefner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very important work. Even a casual reader will see how the Federalist and Anti-Federalist arguments survive to this day with a number of Anti-Federalist arguments were incorporated in the final US Constitution (most notably, in the Bill of Rights).

The Federalists have the distinct advantage of both coherence of argument and assembly of the documents. Since I read the Anti-Federalists after the Federalist Papers, I had difficulty following the arguments and logic train of Anti-Federalists for t
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Tate
Nov 08, 2011 Tate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Anti-Federalist Papers provide a look at the opposition to the ratification of the United States Constitution. Anti-Federalists like George Clinton, Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee, and Robert Yates were skeptical about the increased power of the federal government under the new Constitution and the lack of a Bill of Rights. This a great read for history lovers and anyone who wants to understand the debates over federal government verses state government powers or civil liberties.
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J.
Jan 01, 2014 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Required reading as part of a graduate Political Science Seminar during the mid 90s. Probably had as much to do with my conversation away from being a conservative republican as any experience I've ever had.
Connor Copeland
Jun 14, 2015 Connor Copeland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything up till the presidency was great.

I thought many of the points made on the legislative branch, taxation, and the balance of power between the federal and state governments were well founded. The attacks on the judiciary and presidency not as much.
Nickie
It was not this book but I don't see a book for the composed anti-fed papers. I often liked Brutus said. More often I did not understand much of Hamilton on the Federalist side. I realize it would take more re-reading but can't imagine I will go here again.
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