The Reaction to the Constitution

Patrick Henry speaking in opposition to the Constitution
The revolutionary ideas present in the Constitution created a backlash against the supporters of a new federal government. Many Americans believed that the Constitution was inherently flawed. They saw it as an Infringement upon their rights.
  • The Constitution was seen as a document that would lead to the tyrannical rule of a new monarchical government headed up by the president.
  • It was thought that the Constitution would allow the President to take the place of the King of England and oppress the citizens of the nation.
  • The Constitution was believed to take too much power away from the state governments. The states saw it as an infringement upon their right to rule.
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