Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists

Contributor: Meghan Vestal. Lesson ID: 12245

Disagreements can seem unpleasant and unproductive. However, they can also produce great ideas and prevent bad outcomes. Discover the battle of Founding Fathers that created the U.S. Constitution!


United States

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personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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The United States Constitution is considered one of the most important and brilliant government documents in the world. Why would anyone oppose it? What was the name of the group of people who opposed the constitution immediately after it was written?

In September 1787, the Constitutional Convention completed a new constitution, but it was met with great controversy throughout the United States.

Almost all Americans fell into one of two groups, either supporting or not supporting the new Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists. In this lesson, you will learn more about these two groups, what they believed, and what famous people were a part of each group.

To learn more about each group, click on the different names below. As you read about each group, consider which one you most identify with:

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Now that you have learned more about the Federalists and Anti-Federalists,

  • Which side do you think had the most compelling reasoning?
  • Who would you have supported if you were alive in the late 1700s?

Discuss your opinions with your teacher or parent.

Then, move on to the Got It? section to play a game and review what you have learned.

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