Let's hear it for the Anti-Federalists! They had a set of papers, too. Many arguments put forth from the Federalists at the time of trying to adopt the new Constitution seem to portray opponents as the bad guys. In this close reading lesson, complete with Frayer Model poster option and rubric, young historians will see some compelling arguments from the other side. It wasn't just the Bill of Rights--some wanted to keep the Articles of Confederation. And their arguments are worthwhile considering.
Rhode Island, absent from the Constitutional Convention by choice, was heavily scorned. But were they wrong? Anti-Federalist Paper No. 15, published in December of 1787, lends credence to Rhode Island's position. Adherents to the Treaty of Paris. Compliant in payment of taxes. Wary of any government seeming to mimic the monarchy. This 11 slide Power Point will provide you with printable slides for use in this one day lesson. It could be combined with a study of a Federalist document to provide your classes with debate topics. You might even find one in this store.
Have fun with this entry from our 13th state...the second one AFTER George Washington was already president.
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