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One problem facing the Federalists was that

a. all successful republics in history were very large.
b. there were too many examples of stable large republics.
c. most Americans thought that a republic was best in a large, diverse nation.
d. no republic had ever survived when the nation grew large.

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2507, Republican government in a large and diverse nation
Could America do what no large republic had done in history? Federalists thought so.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2506, Presenting Federalist arguments
The Federalists argued that the Constitution represented a "new science of politics."
60-Second Civics: Episode 2140, The Philadelphia Convention, Part 4: Founders who did not attend the Philadelphia Convention
Jefferson, Adams, Paine, Henry, and Hancock did not attend the Philadelphia Convention, but for different reasons.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2505, The Federalist
The Federalist is considered by historians to be the most important work written to defend the new Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2504, Federalist strategy
Federalist strategy was to hold state ratifying conventions as soon as possible so that Anti-Federalists would not have enough time to organize.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2503, Arguments for a bill of rights
State governments had bills of rights, so why didn't the federal government?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2502, Vague and general powers are dangerous
The Anti-Federalists believed that the lack of a bill of rights in the Constitution would results in basic rights of the people being stripped away.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2501, The Constitution's lack of a bill of rights
The proposed Constitution lacked a bill of rights
60-Second Civics: Episode 2500, Anti-Federalist criticisms of checks and balances
It's our 2,500th episode! Today we learn about some powerful Anti-Federalist critiques of the system of checks and balances.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2499, Anti-Federalist arguments about the presidency and courts
The Anti-Federalists argued that both the president and the federal courts would have too much power under the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2498, Anti-Federalist arguments about the power of Congress
The Anti-Federalists were concerned that the Constitution gave too much power to Congress.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2497, Contributions of the Anti-Federalists
Overall, George Washington felt that the Anti-Federalists had contributed to the country.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2496, Robert Yates
Robert Yates wrote a series of Anti-Federalist essays explaining why the Constitution would not be the best form of government for the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2495, Anti-Federalist ideas
What did the Anti-Federalists believe? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2494, Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution
Benjamin Franklin on the Constitution and the struggle for ratification in Massachusetts, on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2493, A nationwide debate
The Federalists and Anti-Federalists engaged in a nationwide debate about ratification of the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2492, Anti-Federalists
Today we are introduced to the Anti-Federalists.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2491, Debate begins
Debate of the Constitution begins in the states.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2490, The ratification process begins
The ratification process was consistent with social contract theory and the Declaration of Independence.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2489, We the People
The plan for ratification of the Constitution was consistent with the idea of "We the People...do establish and ordain this Constitution."
60-Second Civics: Episode 2488, Ratification
James Madison knew that all the states were unlikely to approve the new Constitution, but he thought of an alternative.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2487, Unresolved controversies at the Philadelphia Convention
Today we learn about unresolved controversies at the Philadelphia Convention.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2486, Controversy over voting rights
Voting rights sparked controversy at the Philadelphia Convention
60-Second Civics: Episode 2485, National citizenship
The Constitution did not define national citizenship.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2484, A compromise over slavery
The fugitive slave clause shows that the Framers intended slavery to be a state institution, and not a permanent one.