Anti-Federalists: Founder Of Popular Democracy

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Anti-federalists. The Anti-federalists were the founders of popular democracy in the United States. 4 The Anti-federalists denounced the proposed Constitution as a betrayal of the democratic spirit of 1776 and the American Revolution itself. The new Constitution, they protested, took too much power away from the states and localities and gave it to the central government. In the long run, they charged, the Constitution would erode the faceto-face participation necessary for a healthy democracy. The Anti-federalists were not a marginal group; many state
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