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The Federalists vs. the Anti-Federalists

The Federalists vs. the Anti-Federalists

Update: 2019-08-081
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In early August 1787, the Constitutional Convention’s Committee of Detail had just presented its preliminary draft of the Constitution to the rest of the delegates, and the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists were beginning to parse some of the biggest foundational debates over what American government should look like. On this episode, we explore the questions: How did the unique constitutional visions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists influence the drafting and ratification of the Constitution? And how should we interpret the Constitution in light of those debates today? Two leading scholars of constitutional history–Jack Rakove of Stanford University and Michael Rappaport of the University of San Diego School of Law – join host Jeffrey Rosen. 

Questions or comments about the podcast? Email us at podcast@constitutioncenter.org. 

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The Federalists vs. the Anti-Federalists

The Federalists vs. the Anti-Federalists

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