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Why did the Antifederalists dislike the new Constitution?

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The Antifederalists disliked the new Constitution for several reasons. One concern of the Antifederalists was that the federal government would have too much power. They believed that the states should have more power than the federal government, and this wasn’t the case with the Constitution.

The Antifederalists also believed the federal government was too strong and would begin to abuse its power, just like British did when they ruled the colonies. The Antifederalists argued that the colonists fought to be free from Great Britain so they wouldn’t have too strong of a federal government. The Antifederalists said we were going back to a similar system of a strong federal government with the new Constitution.

The Antifederalists were also concerned that there weren’t protections for the individual rights of the people. They believed the door was open for the federal government to infringe upon the rights of the people. This led to the agreement to...

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