The Federalist Papers defended the Constitution and its strong central government. The Anti-Federalist Papers represented the dissenting opinions of such important thinkers as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt, who saw threats in the Constitution to the rights and liberties so recently won from England. Although the Anti-Federalists lost, they came close to winning and their opinions represent an important contribution to the American political tradition.
This volume includes the complete texts of The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion Signet Classic volume, The Federalist Papers.
About the Author
Ralph Ketchum is Professor of History and Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. He is the author of many books on American History, including Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency; From Colony to Country: The Revolution in American Thought, 1750-1820; and James Madison: A Biography.