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"Anti-federalist" web1913 "Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)" Anti-federalist \An`ti-fed"er*al*ist\, n. One of party opposed to a federative government; -- applied particularly to the party which opposed the adoption of the constitution of the United States. --Pickering.
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Anti-Federalism is a US political philosophy which opposes the concept of Federalism. In short, Anti-Federalists dictate that the central governing authority of a nation should be equal or inferior to, but not having more power than, its sub-national states (state government). A book titled "The Anti-Federalist Papers" is a detailed explanation of American Anti-Federalist thought.

Anti-Federalism also refers to a movement that opposed the creation of a stronger U.S. federal government and which later opposed the ratification of the Constitution of 1787. The previous constitution, called the Articles of Confederation, gave state governments more authority. Led by Patrick Henry of Virginia, Anti-Federalists worried, among other things, that the position of president, then a novelty, might evolve into a monarchy.

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