Mandeville, LA – This well written pamphlet created for the National Archives’ celebration of the Constitution’s bi-centennial “A More Perfect Union” contains some gems in it such as “Federalists vs Anti-Federalists. I detailed some of this chapter on today’s SiriusXM Radio show. I have taken the original work and presented it in digital (.pdf) format for Founders Pass members to download and enjoy.
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On October 5 anti-Federalist Samuel Bryan published the first of his “Centinel” essays in Philadelphia’s Independent Gazetteer. Republished in newspapers in various states, the essays assailed the sweeping power of the central government, the usurpation of state sovereignty, and the absence of a bill of rights guaranteeing individual liberties such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion. “The United States are to be melted down,” Bryan declared, into a despotic empire dominated by “well-born” aristocrats. Bryan was echoing the fear of many anti-Federalists that the new government would become one controlled by the wealthy established families and the culturally refined. The common working people, Bryan believed, were in danger of being subjugated to the will of an all-powerful authority remote and inaccessible to the people. It was this kind of authority, he believed, that Americans had fought a war against only a few years earlier. – Excerpted from A More Perfect Union