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Thread: The purpose of this forum is to encourage you to think through the major debates that occurred after the drafting of the Constitution. These are important debates both for the historic nature of the debates and for the ways in which those debates shaped the lines of political debate throughout American history. After the Constitution was written, major debates ensued between the Federalists and the Anti- Federalists over proper role, size, and scope of the government. In this assignment, you will have the opportunity to explore, explain, and analyze this debate. Refer to the significance/role of the Bill of Rights, Madison’s Federalist Paper #10, and the 9th and 10th Amendments (among other things). 1. What were the major arguments of the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists? 2. Based upon your course reading, were the Anti-Federalist or the Federalists more consistent with American political thought? 3. Find an example of Anti-Federalist thought in current events and find an example of Federalist thought in current events. Explain how your example represents the perspective you’re describing. Replies: In your replies, compare and contrast your peer’s insights into the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists with your insights. Analyze your peer’s specific examples of Anti-Federalist and Federalist thought in contemporary politics. Submit your thread by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of Module/Week 6 and your replies by Monday of the same module/week. Thread: 400-500 Words and 2 Sources (1 from the Text) by Thursday Replies 2 at 200-250 Words and 2 Sources (1 from the Text) by Monday In order to gain a full understanding regarding the founding of America and her early days, it is crucial to examine and discuss the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. Before a proper analysis of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists can happen, the definition of each must be given. According to Merriam Webster, an Anti-Federalist is “a person who opposed the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. 1 ” On the other end of the spectrum, there are what is known as Federalists. According to Merriam Webster, a Federalist is “an advocate of a federal union between the American colonies after the Revolution and of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. 2 ” Now that each group of people has been defined, the focus can now shift to explaining the major arguments of each group as well as examining which group was more consistent with the American political thought and finally finding an example of each group within current events today. After defining the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, it is crucial that the focus shift to explaining what each argued in order to gain a proper understanding of what each group stood for in terms of political ideology. The major arguments surrounding the Ani-Federalists, include advocating against the expansion of national power, advocating for small localized government,
advocating for a confederacy of the individual states that would protect the nation’s liberty and

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