Federalist Paper #1
Yale University Law School: The Avalon Project
Anti-Federalist Paper #1
Description: The Federalist Papers support the ratification of the new Constitution while the Anti-Federalist Papers oppose the ratification. There are many different objections raised in this series of open letters. Basically, Federalists were in favor of a stronger central government while the Anti-Federalists were wary of giving such authority to a reigning entity. These documents are the first of the series and provide an introduction to the positions of the two groups.
"Do Now" Suggestion
- Define the terms Federalist and Anti-Federalist. Discuss the historical context underlying the fears of the Anti-Federalists.
- Use this as a secondary introduction to the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates. Using the documents, have students identify main points of opposition. Then have students highlight the main points supporting and opposing the positions. Create a large visual summarizing the arguments for both sides to keep posted for ready reference.