Ratifying the Constitution

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Ratifying the Constitution

Federalists believed powers should be shared between the national government and the states.They supported removing some powers from the states and giving more powers to the federal government.They proposed a single person to lead the executive branch.They supported the Constitution as it was originally proposed.James Madison was one of the leading Federalists.

John Jay was born December 12, 1745. He was a federalist and he was a member of the New York Committee of Correspondence.Patrick Henry was born May 29, 1736. He was a antiferalist and he was elected to Virginia House of Burgesses.


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Antifederalists wanted important political powers to remain wuth the states.They believed that the legislative branch should have more power than the executive branch.They feared that a strong executive might become a king or a tyrant.They felt strongly that a Bill of Rights needed to be added to the proposed Constitution in order to protect people's rights.George Madison was one of the leading Antifederalists.

Ratifying the Constituton


John Jay

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Alexander Hamilton

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