Antifederalists

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).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Antifederalist Papers
Morton Borden.
Michigan State University Press, 1965
The Federalists, the Antifederalists, and the American Political Tradition
Wilson Carey McWilliams; Michael T. Gibbons.
Greenwood Press, 1992
The Case against the Constitution: From the Antifederalists to the Present
John F. Manley; Kenneth M. Dolbeare.
M. E. Sharpe, 1987
Politics without Parties: Massachusetts, 1780-1791
Van Beck Hall.
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Federalists and Antifederalists"
The Foundations of American Citizenship: Liberalism, the Constitution, and Civic Virtue
Richard C. Sinopoli.
Oxford University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "The Anti-Federalists and Civic Virtue"
The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630-1789: The Legacy for Contemporary Politics
Joshua Miller.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Antifederalists and the Conservative Dimension of Democracy"
The Old Dominion and the New Nation, 1788-1801
Richard R. Beeman.
University Press of Kentucky, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Antifederalist Fears Confirmed"
Property and Persuasion: Essays on the History, Theory, and Rhetoric of Ownership
Carol M. Rose.
Westview Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Ancient Constitution versus Federalist Empire: Antifederalism from the Attack on "Monarchism" to Modern Localism"
From Colony to Country: The Revolution in American Thought, 1750-1820
Ralph Ketcham.
Macmillan, 1974
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Ratification Debate"
A Revolution in Favor of Government: Origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Making of the American State
Max M. Edling.
Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of antifederalists in multiple chapters
Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History
Francis D. Cogliano.
Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of antifederalists begins on p. 127
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