Homework Help

For many Anti-Federalists, a major defect of the new Constitution was the ratification...

user profile pic

kristenmarieb... | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted April 13, 2013 at 3:28 AM via web

dislike 2 like

For many Anti-Federalists, a major defect of the new Constitution was the ratification process itself.  Why do you think this was so?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

The Antifederalists did not like the new constitution that had been written at the Constitutional Convention.  They felt that it took away too much power from the states.  They generally preferred the way that things had been under the Articles of Confederation.  Since they did not want the new document to be ratified, they would have disliked anything about the ratification process that made ratification more likely. 

One major aspect of the process that made ratification more likely was the fact that not all of the states had to agree in order for the Constitution to be ratified.  Under the Articles of Confederation, any major changes had to be agreed to by all of the states.  This would have made it much harder to ratify the Constitution.  With the process that was set up, however, only 9 states had to agree.  The process, therefore, made ratification much more likely to occur.  This would be a major reason why the Antifederalists would not have liked it.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes