About this Collection

The Anti-federalists were a group who had reservations about ratifying the U.S. Constitution when it was first proposed. Some thought the Articles of Confederation were sufficient to unite the sovereign American states; others were concerned that the rights of the states and of individuals needed additional protection and so supported a Bill of Rights; others were concerned that the Federalists wanted to recreate a head of state with powers too much like those of the British monarch against whom they had just fought a war of independence.

Key People

Titles & Essays

A – Z List

History Of The Americas



Parties & Elections

Lance Banning argues that within a decade of the creation of the US Constitution the nation was engaged in a bitter battle over the soul of the American Republic (2004)

Lance Banning

Notes About This Collection

For additional information about the American Founding see the following: