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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Antifederalists: Selected full-text books and articles

The Antifederalist Papers By Morton Borden Michigan State University Press, 1965
The Federalists, the Antifederalists, and the American Political Tradition By Wilson Carey McWilliams; Michael T. Gibbons Greenwood Press, 1992
Politics without Parties: Massachusetts, 1780-1791 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By 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 By Max M. Edling Oxford University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Includes discussion of antifederalists in multiple chapters
Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History By Francis D. Cogliano Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of antifederalists begins on p. 127
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