The Anti-Federalist Papers: Cato III

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Cato” writes his third contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Can the proposed Constitution “answer the ends for which it is said to be offered to you, and for which […]

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. […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: Brutus I

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Brutus” writes his first contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. Many scholars believe that “Brutus” was actually Robert Yates, a judge in New York who had served as a (displeased) […]

The Anti-Federalist Papers: Federal Farmer V

On this day in 1787, an author writing under the pseudonym “Federal Farmer” writes his fifth contribution to the anti-Federalist Papers. It would be his last contribution for a while! These papers argued against the new Constitution, then being considered for ratification by the states. At this point, the Federal Farmer is basically wrapping up […]