Federalists v. Anti-Federalists

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The differences in viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, while contributing to a diverse economy, weakened the political stability of the United States.

One way that the views of the two sides differed was on the issue of the economy. The Federalist view that was led primarily by Alexander Hamilton believed that the United States should invest more in manufacturing and trade if the nation was to be successful. These views were highlighted when he wrote Report on Manufactures and later advocated for protective tariffs, bounties, premiums and improved transportation for manufacturers. This was due to the fact that many of the Federalists were in the New England colonies whose livelihood relied on trade and manufactured goods But by doing this he ignored a huge part of the American economy that had thrived for decades. This section of the economy was the growth and exportation of such cash crops as indigo, rice, and to

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