In this episode of Constitutionally Speaking, Jay and Luke discuss the Anti-Federalists, the politicians and polemicists who opposed the Constitution during the ratification debate of 1787-1788. The Anti-Federalists had a lot of different grounds for objecting to the new Constitution, but they were still well within the mainstream of American political thought, and many of them would go on to have sterling political careers. That includes James Monroe, who opposed the Constitution at the Virginia Ratifying Convention in the summer of 1788 but would eventually become the nation’s fifth president.
Jay Cost is a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard, and a columnist for National Review Online and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He is the author of two books, most recently A Republic No More: B…[more]