DEFINITION- Federalists were supporters of ratification of the Constitution and of a strong, central government

1. Federalists believed a bill of rights became unnecessary because the proposed national government had only the specific powers that the states and the people delegated to it. (No need to specify Congress abridge freedom of the press because the states and people didn't grant them national gov. power to regulate.)

2. Federalists argued to guarantee some rights to be dangerous because rights not listed could be assumed to be denied. (The Constitution itself already protected some important rights.)

3. The Federalists scrambled to secure ratification for as many states as possible before the Anti-federalists had time to organize their  

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