Anti-federalist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anti-federalist One of party opposed to a federative government; -- applied particularly to the party which opposed the adoption of the constitution of the United States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anti-federalist One opposed to federalism; a member of the Anti-Federal party. In the course of this discussion the Anti-Federalists urged the following as their chief objections to adopting the new Constitution: States would be consolidated, and their sovereignty crushed; personal liberty would be endangered, since no security was furnished for freedom of speech and the liberty of the press, nor assurance adequate against arbitrary arrest or forcible seizure and the denial of jury trials in civil cases; standing armies, too, were placed under too little restraint. Making the President re-eligible indefinitely was too much like giving a life tenure to the executive office. Schouler, Hist. U. S., I. 55.
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Usage

In literature:

Those who did not want it were called Anti-Federalists.
"The Story of Manhattan" by Charles Hemstreet
You say that I have been dished up to you as an anti-federalist, and ask me if it be just.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
On his arrival at Charleston, he was greeted with fervor by the Anti-Federalists.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
The republican party, even when united with the anti-federalists, continued a minority.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
McClanachan, Blair, chairman of anti-Federalist Conference, 38; his ultra-democratic remarks to Adams, 138.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
The Anti-Federalists resented the assumption of the name by their opponents.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Policy of the Anti-federalists.
"History of the United States, Volume 2 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
In everything Robert Yates was an anti-Federalist.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Federalists and anti-Federalists on interpretation of, II.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The first parties were known as the Federalist and anti-Federalist.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
The debate sharpened the lines between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists or Republicans.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
After the inauguration of the new government, the composition of the Anti-Federalist party changed.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
ANTI-FEDERALISTS, the political party in the United States which after the formation of the Federal constitution in 1787 opposed its ratification.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The imputations upon the motives of the Anti-Federalists were of the same general stamp and origin.
"Inquiry Into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States" by Martin Van Buren
Jefferson inclined to the anti-federalists, but not being in the midst of the debate, was scarcely mingled with its more exciting quarrels.
"Homes of American Statesmen" by Various
The federalists and anti-Bolivarists did not leave him long in possession, and in May, 1831, he was expelled in his turn.
"The South American Republics, Part II (of 2)" by Thomas C. Dawson
Those who approved the Constitution and favored its ratification were called Federalists; those who opposed it were called Anti-Federalists.
"Government in the United States" by James Wilford Garner
Mr. Collier had been a Federalist and a Clintonian, but it was as an Anti-Mason that he was elected both to Congress and as Comptroller.
"A Century in the Comptroller's Office, State of New York, 1797 to 1897" by James A. Roberts
In this body the Anti-Federalists obtained a large majority.
"History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, Vol. 2" by George Ticknor Curtis
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In news:

Bruce's History Lessons: Mercy Otis Warren was our first female Anti-Federalist .
Indeed, criticism of Kagan's elitism sounds more like the complaints of the Anti-Federalist opponents of the Constitution than they do its Federalist defenders.
Among the fears raised by the Anti-Federalists more than 200 years ago, two recently revived during the debate over the Kagan nomination stand out.
The maniacal Federalists on the other hand use the well intentioned masses to demonize Anti- Federalists and garner more power for themselves.
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