The Anti-Federalist Papers: Centinel II

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Centinel” writes his second contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Centinel emphasizes the need for a free press. “As long as the liberty of the press continues unviolated,” he writes, […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: John DeWitt I

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “John DeWitt” writes his first contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. DeWitt’s points are simple. First, he wants everyone to slow down! The newly proposed Constitution should be considered carefully. […]