In the ratification debate the anti federalists opposed to the constitution they complained that the new system threatened liberties and failed to protect individual rights the anti federalists werent exactly a united group but instead involved many elements. The debate climaxed in the arguments over the ratification of the constitution through a selection of essential documents from 1787 and 1788 this new edition gives readers the flavor and immediacy of the great debate in all its fire brilliance and political intensity. In the national debate over ratification of the new constitution the federalists popular majority the anti federalists argued that the powers of government should be limited by adding a bill of rights and limiting government powers american government test 1 54 terms study guid political science chp 1 4 60 terms constitution. As in any debate there were two sides the federalists who supported ratification and the anti federalists who did not we now know that the federalists prevailed and the us constitution was ratified in 1788 and went into effect in 1789. Introduction in us history anti federalists were those who opposed the development of a strong federal government and the ratification of the constitution in 1788 preferring instead for power to remain in the hands of state and local governments in us history federalists wanted a stronger
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