Federalist or anti-Federalist

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Federalist or anti-Federalist

  1. Federalist

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  2. Anti-Federalist

    9.1%
  3. Neither

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  4. It would not have mattered to me

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  1. fromtheright

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    Had you lived at the time of the Framing and ratification of the Constitution--and without the foresight of knowing how things would turn out--would you have been Federalist (pro-ratification) anti-Federalist (against ratification), or somewhere in the middle. Or none of the above. This is not the same distinction as Federalist vs. Republican which was a few years later (Madison was a Federalist and later became a Republican). Jefferson was neither but the outcome certainly mattered to him.
     
  2. KenH

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    Federalist, as Alexander Hamilton was. [​IMG]
     
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    Federalist, as James Madison. With modern hindsight, though, I would have voted in the First Congress for, I think it was Elbridge Gerry's, suggestion re the Tenth Amendment for the "The powers not expressly delegated..."
     
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    Anti-Federalist---Federalists made the Alien and Sedition Act. </font>
    • The Naturalization Act, which extended the residency period from 5 to 14 years for those aliens seeking citizenship; this law was aimed at Irish and French immigrants who were often active in Republican politics

      The Alien Act, which allowed the expulsion of aliens deemed dangerous during peacetime

      The Alien Enemies Act, which allowed the expulsion or imprisonment of aliens deemed dangerous during wartime; this was never enforced, but it did prompt numerous Frenchmen to return home

      The Sedition Act, which provided for fines or imprisonment for individuals who criticized the government, Congress or president in speech or print. </font>
     

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