Anti-Federalists

Anti-Federalists, in American history, opponents of the adoption of the federal Constitution. Leading Anti-Federalists included George Mason, Elbridge Gerry, Patrick Henry, and George Clinton. Later, many of the Anti-Federalists opposed the policies of the Federalist party and of Alexander Hamilton.

See M. Borden, ed., The Antifederalist Papers (1965); C. M. Kenyon, ed., The Antifederalists (1966).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Anti-Federalists from Fact Monster:

  • Presidential Elections, 1789–2008 - Presidential Elections, 1789–2008 For the original method of electing the president and the ...
  • David Rittenhouse - Rittenhouse, David Rittenhouse, David, 1732–96, American astronomer and instrument maker, b. ...
  • U.S. Constitution Primer - Balancing the rights of the federal government, the states, and individuals
  • Tench Coxe - Coxe, Tench Coxe, Tench , 1755–1824, American political economist, b. Philadelphia. He ...
  • Matthew Lyon - Lyon, Matthew Lyon, Matthew, 1750–1822, American political leader and pioneer, b. Co. ...

See more Encyclopedia articles on: U.S. History