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What are some arguments for why the Federalists were right and the Antifederalists were...

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honestobetsy | eNoter

Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM via web

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What are some arguments for why the Federalists were right and the Antifederalists were wrong about the Constitution?

I have a debate about federalists vs anti-federalists. I am pro federalist. I need to know why federalist were right and some reasons why the anti federalist were wrong

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM (Answer #1)

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There are two lines of argument that you should use here.

First, you should argue that having a strong national government was better than having strong states.  You should point out that, under the Articles of Confederation, the national government was way too strong.  You should point out that it could not tax the people and therefore couldn't have an effective military.  You should point out that the states were able to erect trade barriers against one another and that made the overall economy of the country weaker than it could have been.

Second, you should argue that the state governments were too close to the people and were, therefore, making bad laws.  You can point to things like the legal tender laws and the laws forgiving debts (stay laws) that were passed by some states and were demanded by the rebels in Shays's Rebellion.  These sorts of laws would have ruined the country's economy and yet they were being passed by various states in response to public pressure.  This shows that having the state governments have power was dangerous because they were too close to the people.

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