In the ratification debate the anti federalists opposed to the constitution they complained that the new system threatened liberties and failed to protect individual rights the anti federalists werent exactly a united group but instead involved many elements. The debate climaxed in the arguments over the ratification of the constitution through a selection of essential documents from 1787 and 1788 this new edition gives readers the flavor and immediacy of the great debate in all its fire brilliance and political intensity. Introduction in us history anti federalists were those who opposed the development of a strong federal government and the ratification of the constitution in 1788 preferring instead for power to remain in the hands of state and local governments in us history federalists wanted a stronger . Supporters of the constitution during the debate over its ratification favored a strong national government checks and balances a system that allows each branch of government to limit the powers of the other branches in order to prevent abuse of power. Introduction to the federalist antifederalist debates after the signing of the constitution on september 17th 1787 a robust debate grew among supporters of the document and those for various reasons who were opposed to its ratification as written or at all
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