The Federalist Papers defended the Constitution and its strong central government. The Anti-Federalist Papers represented the dissenting opinions of such important thinkers as Patrick Henry and John DeWitt, who saw threats in the Constitution to the rights and liberties so recently won from England. Although the Anti-Federalists lost, they came close to winning and their opinions represent an important contribution to the American political tradition. This volume includes the complete texts of The Anti-Federalist Papers and the Constitutional Convention debates, commentaries, and an Index of Ideas. It also lists cross-references to its companion Signet Classic volume, The Federalist Papers.Ralph Ketcham is the author of 'The Anti Federalist Papers', published 2003 under ISBN 9780451528841 and ISBN 0451528840.