What were the differences between Anti-Federalists and Federalists?

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The difference between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists centered around the power of the American federal government and the Constitution. Their debate eventually led to the ratification of the Constitution, but only once the Bill of Rights was approved to ensure that the rights of the citizens would be protected.

Federalists felt that the Articles of Confederation were too weak. This had been evidenced through a number events like Shays's Rebellion. They believed that the stronger federal government provided by the Constitution would serve to solve these problems.

Anti-Federalists opposed the ratification of the Constitution because they feared it would create a federal government like the British one they had just revolted against. They were afraid that such a strong...

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