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Unformatted text preview: V. The Clash of Federalists and Antifederalists The American people were shocked at this new constitution because they wanted a revised Articles of the Confederation Federalists wanted a stronger central government Antifederalists pointed out many things that could be considered antidemocratic VI. The Great Debate in the States Four states quickly ratified the constitution Some states joined based on the fact that a bill of rights was to be added later VII. The Four Laggard States Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island All these states finally ratified it because of much pressure and fear of a spilt in the union VIII. A Conservative Triumph The transition was peaceful Only about a fourth of the population was able to vote for the delegates Both Federalists and Antifederalists cheered at this new constitution as a great step toward democracy...
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