Federal Farmer 1 Explained | What was the Federal Farmer’s Idea of Compromise for the Constitution?
What were the Federal Farmer’s main concerns about the new Constitution? In this episode of BRI’s Primary Source Close Reads, Kirk examines another Anti-Federalist paper, Federal Farmer 1, and its many worries with the proposed Constitution. Why is the Federal Farmer so concerned about consolidation? Why did the Federalists take this particular Anti-Federalist paper so seriously?
Anti-Federalist Papers: Brutus No.1
The Anti-Federalist papers were written by a variety of authors in opposition to the ratification of the Constitution. Those that were written under the pen name of Brutus are arguably the most cohesive of these documents.
The Ratification Debate
After the Constitution was completed and signed by 39 delegates on September 17, 1787, many of the debates from Independence Hall continued in the debate over ratification in the states. For the Constitution to go into effect, nine of them would have to ratify (or agree to adopt) it. A party division arose: Federalists argued in favor of ratification, Anti-Federalists against. Leading Federalists James Madison and Alexander Hamilton made a case for ratification in the Federalist Papers. Leading Anti-Federalists Patrick Henry and George Mason (the latter who had attended the Convention but refused to sign the final document) argued that the central government created by the Constitution would be a threat to liberty.
Federalist/Anti-Federalist Debate on Congress’s Powers of Taxation DBQ
Use this lesson with The Ratification Debate on the Constitution Narrative and the Were the Anti-Federalists Unduly Suspicious or Insightful Political Thinkers? Point-Counterpoint to have students analyze the debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists.