The Antifederalists: Critics of the Constitution, 1781-1788 / Edition 1

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The Antifederalists come alive in this state-by-state analysis of politics during the Confederation and the debates over the enlargement of Congressional powers prior to the formation of the Constitution. On the one side were small and middle-class farmers who subscribed to a libertarian tradition founded in a distrust of power, a preference for local authority, and a concept of private rights that defined liberty against government. On the other, urban centers and commercial farming areas were mercantile and planter aristocracies disposed to qualify libertarian tenets out of a fear of majority rule, a concern for property rights, and a high regard for the positive economic and political possibilities within the power of a more centralized state. Main presents a perceptive account of the deliberations of the ratifying conventions, the local circumstances that affected decisions, the alignment of delegates, and the factors that influenced some of the delegates to change their minds.
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In this state-by-state analysis of politics during the Confederation and the debates over the enlargement of Congressional powers prior to the formation of the Constitution, Main presents the deliberations of the ratifying conventions, the local circumstances that affected decisions, the alignment of delegates, and the factors that made some of the delegates change their minds.

This study of the Antifederalists is welcomed for its penetrating conclusions about the role of individuals, the content of their thought, and the means whereby they expressed their opposition to the projected American Constitution.(American Historical Review)

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In this state-by-state analysis of politics during the Confederation and the debates over the enlargement of Congressional powers prior to the formation of the Constitution, Main presents the deliberations of the ratifying conventions, the local circumstances that affected decisions, the alignment of delegates, and the factors that made some of the delegates change their minds.

This study of the Antifederalists is welcomed for its penetrating conclusions about the role of individuals, the content of their thought, and the means whereby they expressed their opposition to the projected American Constitution.(American Historical Review)

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The late Jackson Turner Main (1917-2003) taught history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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The Antifederalists come alive in this state-by-state analysis of politics during the Confederation and the debates over the enlargement of Congressional powers prior to the formation of the Constitution. On the one side were small and middle-class farmers who subscribed to a libertarian tradition founded in a distrust of power, a preference for local authority, and a concept of private rights that defined liberty against government. On the other, urban centers and commercial farming areas were mercantile and planter aristocracies disposed to qualify libertarian tenets out of a fear of majority rule, a concern for property rights, and a high regard for the positive economic and political possibilities within the power of a more centralized state. Main presents a perceptive account of the deliberations of the ratifying conventions, the local circumstances that affected decisions, the alignment of delegates, and the factors that influenced some of the delegates to change their minds.
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    Posted September 27, 2009

    The Antifederalists Critics of the Constitution

    This book covers every aspect of the process of the writing of the constitution and every political and social situation that was effecting the progress of the constitution. It is informational and would be great for anyone who would like to study a different view of constitutional politics. This is certainly for the avid history buff.

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