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The declaration of independence was written in 1776 by the newly  independent states, these people who signed the declaration promised to  protect the people from the government. After that came the Constitution  but the ratification of the Constitution was a bit of a debate, on whether a  bill of rights should or shouldn’t be added. The colonist rather than wanted  to maintain their rights that they fought from a tyrant government but  instead they wanted the rights because they had a fear of a tyrannical  government. The Bill of rights had many arguments of why it should and  shouldn’t be put in. These arguments were by the federalist and the anti  federalist. The federalist did not want a bill of rights while the anti federalist  wanted one but because of fear. Despite what was is popularly believed  and traditionally taught, the conclusion that the bill of rights came from the  desire to protect the liberties won in the American Revolution happened is  not supported with relevant evidence. Although there was some desire to  protect the recently gained liberties in fact the main reason was American  fear of the newly created government. Anti-federalists feared a strong central government; they did not 
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want to have a repeat of the issue with Great Britain. Anti-federalist did not  want the ratification of the constitution because it did not have a bill of  rights. With out the bill of rights the constitution was all about a strong 
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  • Fall '10
  • Orban
  • Rebellion, shay, strong   central   government

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