Ratifying The Constitution Dbq Analysis

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The debate over ratification of the US Constitution was an argument of democracy versus repression, states and the rights of individuals; and overall, a reaction to the serious period. Each side, anti-federalist and the federalists, presented its case before the nation in anticipation of getting its support. The shrift in American attitudes, because of the crises of this critical period, possibly determined the ultimate acceptance of the Constitution. It took a while to ratify the Constitution (two years), but not without great effort from both sides. By early 1787, most people were content under the Articles of Confederation. The farmers were becoming debtors, revolts such as Shay’s rebellion occurred; inflation enlarged at excessive levels’…show more content…
They eligible made their stand against the Constitution in antagonism to amend. Others feared the Constitution was potentially tyrannical and unfair, like their past rulers of England. After all the method of gaining federal office was hardly democratic, an electoral college whose votes were determined by state legislatures picked (Document 2) the first presidents. US Senators were also picked by state legislatures and Federal judges were appointed to serve for life. Undeniably, the people were right to consider this as undemocratic. Others indeed feared transition from the Articles to the Constitution; basic human rights could be diminished (Document 4) some who of the poor and less educated feared the potential power of their affluent nemeses (Document 5). Farmers especially feared life under a strong central government, although they did not mind a strong state government. The anti federalists emerged with an encompassing argument. Alexander Hamilton, in reaction to this, rounded up his colleagues John Jay and James Madison to write the Federalist Papers. Their work helped to persuade NY to ratify the Constitution. They saw people’s hesitation concerning personal rights, and they promised to add a Bill of Rights. The Bill not only preserved individual and states’ rights but it convinced some states to rarify the document in question (document 6). In addition, the Constitution had provisions for taxation and collection. The anti’s were leery of forced taxation, but the Federalists were eager to see the government empowered. Not on the honor system, this time, individual financial accountability would give the US government its much-needed authority. The federalists emerged as clear-cut supporters of the
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