The Anti-Federalist Papers: Cato IV

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Cato” writes his fourth contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Cato worries that the new office of President has been given too much power, particularly when combined with a long […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: Centinel III

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Centinel” writes his third contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Some of you will be interested to hear that Centinel begins this essay by citing two Bible verses! John 3:20 […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: John DeWitt III

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “John DeWitt” writes his third contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. The Federal Convention has claimed one thing, but presented another, as far as DeWitt is concerned. “[The proceedings of […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: Brutus II

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Brutus” writes his second contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Brutus notes the importance of the task facing Americans. After all, the Constitution under consideration is to govern not only […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: John DeWitt II

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “John DeWitt” writes his second contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Dewitt is worried about the permanency of the decision that is about to be made! He reminds his readers […]