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Anti-Federalist Papers [Kindle Edition]

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During the period from the drafting and proposal of the federal Constitution in September, 1787, to its ratification in 1789 there was an intense debate on ratification. The principal arguments in favor of it were stated in the series written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay called the Federalist Papers.

The arguments against ratification appeared in various forms, by various authors, most of whom used a pseudonym. Collectively, these writings have become known as the Anti-Federalist Papers. They contain warnings of tyranny and of a strong federal government, while some of those weaknesses were corrected by adoption of the Bill of Rights, others remained, and some of these dangers are now coming to pass.

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About the Author

Patrick Henry (1736-1799) served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia from 1776 to 1779 and subsequently, from 1784 to 1786. A prominent figure in the American Revolution, Henry is known and remembered for his "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" speech, and as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he is remembered as one of the most influential, radical advocates of the American Revolution and republicanism, especially in his denunciations of corruption in government officials and his defense of historic rights. After the Revolution, Henry was a leader of the anti-federalists who opposed the replacement of the Articles of Confederation with the United States Constitution, fearing that it endangered many of the individual freedoms that had been achieved in the war.

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  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453631348
  • Publisher: Misbach Enterprises (June 23, 2008)
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  • Language: English
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read November 24, 2009
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This is a must read for anyone interested in the early founder's ideas about government (big & small). This answer to the Federalist Papers is filled with ideas such as state's rights that our government has continued to grapple with throughout our history.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book needs to be more widely read February 24, 2009
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We have become so accustomed to Federalism and the notion of a Big Government (maybe a Big Brother) that involves itself in virtually everytheing that many of us do not realize that from the founding moments of our government there were viable alternatives that may have solved a lot of our problems had they been attended. Anyone having the slightest interest in how our Civil War came about needs to read this book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More wary of power than the founders August 15, 2012
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In contemporary politics we hear debates about the "realism" of the founders vs. the idealism of socialists who think people in government will act on behalf of the people over whom they rule. This book shows that the anti-federalists were even more skeptical of abuses of power in government than the founders, and that they opposed the Constitution on the grounds that it was a great centralizing scheme with inadequate checks and balances on power to prevent the US from becoming a corrupt and oppressive government. The anti-federalists were not as influential as writers of the Constitution, but were perhaps more worried about losing the freedom they had just won to a new group of national centralizers who would give them another government that would eventually take away their freedoms. Many of their warnings and predictions that have come true.

For example: "No man when he enters into society does it from a view to promote the good of others, but he does it for his own good."(p.21)

"If the new government raises this sum in specie on the people, it will certainly support public credit, but it will overwhelm the people. It will give immense fortunes to the speculators; but it will grind the poor to dust." p. 23).

"It is a truth confirmed by the unerring experience of ages, that every man, and every body of men, invested with power, are ever disposed to increase it, and to acquire a superiority over everything that stands in their way. This disposition, which is implanted in human nature, will operate in the Federal legislature to lessen and ultimately to subvert the State authority." (pp. 31-32).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Studying Our Heritage March 26, 2012
By GC Wood
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I tried the free version yet it did not have the linking abilities, etc. This is only a buck and without a complete understanding of the arguments for and against our Constitution you cannot successfully know federalism. The bottom line - this is a must read. Use it in conjunction with Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary for words you may not know or words you think you know today yet have changed, like Discrimination. Enjoy!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anti Federalist Papers April 8, 2010
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Everyone American should read the Constitution, Federalist and Anti Federalist Papers. Since this is in Mp3 format I am able to listen to it on my drive to work. This is a collection of the original articles, without commentary or modifications. The reader is not flawless but is clear and easy to understand.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Federalist Papers October 21, 2012
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I found the book very enlightening; you could take much of what was said and see a lot of the history explained a bit better with understanding the REAL WHY. I could also see how some of the things that were feared back in 1787-1789 regarding the new government seemed to have happened to some extent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good May 17, 2012
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Good counterpart to the federalist papers, give you a contrast to the argument for the constitution and an argument for why it was finally adopted.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never knew April 30, 2013
By Jim
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Never knew the importance of these papers from school. I believe that they should be required reading for ALL high school students so they get a better understanding of how this country was founded and what it took to get us there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A must for students taking American history.
Published 23 days ago by Mr. C
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Serious Constitutionalists
This is reading that ought to be required at least for college poly sci students. Probably ought to be part of civics reading in high school. Read more
Published 2 months ago by normbenign
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Curtis Ackeret
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Helped me understand the constitution. Most of what they feared has come to pass.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars (to bad they were ignored
The argument against adoption of the constitution, and creation of the strong central government.(to bad they were ignored!)
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL OSBORNE
5.0 out of 5 stars Good insight on the USA's government
I found this book to be extremely interesting. I've read the Federalist Papers (which is difficult to get thru) but this book gives a different side. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Arbuckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Book furnishes reader with a great historical perspective of American politics.
Published 3 months ago by Enrique Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and Even Prophetic
It is amazing in the course of politics how the more things change, the more they remain the same. Many of the same fears and anxieties about an overreaching and tyrannical... Read more
Published 4 months ago by James Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone with any desire to know ...
A must read for anyone with any desire to know about the diversity and turmoil with the creation of the Constitution.
Published 4 months ago by Dana M. Libby
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wondeful Compilation Of Patriot Writings
I am a Christian, constitutional-libertarian, American nationalist, and proud American patriot and love to read books such as these. Read more
Published 9 months ago by the1911patriot
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