Quest: Federalist, Anti-Federalist & the Bill of Rights

Source: The Federalist

America is increasingly embroiled with issues relating to the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  It’s worth noting that if it wasn’t for the Anti-Federalists there would have been no such Bill of Rights as we know them today, Both the Federalists and Anti-Federalists had ardent, eloquent and provocative support among their followers and the tempers spilled out into the streets, into the local pubs and the private dwellings of families.   

The early republic achieved a precarious and yet successful balance within the context of the times by voting for the initial Bill of Rights as amendments to the US Constitution. The first ten amendments (out of twelve submitted) known as the Bill of Rights were incorporated into the constitution.

A sample bibliography of sources:

Documents of Revolution: Common Sense, The Complete Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, The Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, The U. S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights  (

The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention Debates

Ratification: Americans Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788 by Pauline Maier