Most readers of these pages are aware of the Federalist Papers. Numerous copies exist all over the web. What is largely unknown is that at the time the debate over the adoption of the Constitution there were widely published arguments published against the adoption of the proposed Constitution, at least in the form in which it was written. Specifically, Anti-Federalists were generally in agreement that a Bill of Rights was needed to protect the citizens against the arbitrary power of the proposed federal government. That the Federalists lost this particular battle is much to our benefit, even though the aforementioned Bill of Rights is seldom even given lip-service today.

Below you will find links to each of the Anti-Federalist papers that I have copies of. As such, the list below is not exactly pretty, but should be functional. The individual documents will generally have a title describing the subject. Those that are missing are noted

Letters From A Federal Farmer