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The Anti-Federalists argued that

a. the Constitution was the only sure way to protect individual liberty.
b. republican government would thrive in the United States.
c. the lessons of history did not apply to the United States.
d. republican government could not survive in such a large and diverse nation.

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 2206, The Federalists, Part 4: How can republican government survive?
The Federalists needed to counter the claim that republican government could not survive in America. They sent in their pinch hitter: James Madison.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2205, The Federalists, Part 3: A new science of politics
The Federalists argued that the Constitution represented a "new science of politics" that made Anti-Federalist critiques obsolete.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2204, The Federalists, Part 2: The Federalist
Today we discuss one of the most important sources of information about the Constitution: A series of essays known as The Federalist.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2203, The Federalists, Part 1: The Federalists organize
Today we kick off our series on the Federalists, who supported ratification of the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2202, The Anti-Federalists, Part 16: Concern about rights
Today on the podcast, the Anti-Federalists argue that the lack of a bill of rights is a serious flaw in the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2201, The Anti-Federalists, Part 15: The Anti-Federalists warn against tyranny
Are the general welfare and necessary and proper clauses dangerous? The Anti-Federalists thought so.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2200, The Anti-Federalists, Part 14: The lack of a bill of rights
Most states already had bills of rights. So why not the Constitution?
60-Second Civics: Episode 2199, The Anti-Federalists, Part 13: Robert Yates and Patrick Henry
Why did Robert Yates and Patrick Henry object to the Constitution? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2198, The Anti-Federalists, Part 12: Senate accountability and mixed powers
The Anti-Federalists had a lot of problems with the Constitution, even with the system of checks and balances.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2197, The Anti-Federalists, Part 11: Executive and judicial power
The Anti-Federalists believed that the executive and judicial branches would have too much power under the proposed Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2196, The Anti-Federalists, Part 10: The potential for tyranny
The Anti-Federalists argued that the Constitution contained the potential for tyranny.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2195, The Anti-Federalists, Part 9: Civic virtue rather than a strong national government
The Anti-Federalists believed that civic virtue rather than a strong national government was the best solution to America's problems.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2194, The Anti-Federalists, Part 8: A distant government
Anti-Federalists argued that a distant national government would require a standing army and taxation.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2193, The Anti-Federalists, Part 7: Anti-Federalist arguments against a strong national government
Today we learn some Anti-Federalists against a strong national government.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2192, The Anti-Federalists, Part 6: The effect of Anti-Federalist opinion
George Washington wrote that Anti-Federalist opposition to the Constitution might not ultimately be such a bad thing for the country.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2191, The Anti-Federalists, Part 5: Reasoned discourse
The Federalists and Anti-Federalists sought to use reasoned discourse to persuade the citizenry.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2190, The Anti-Federalists, Part 3: The ratification debates begin
Who were the Anti-Federalists? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2189, The Anti-Federalists, Part 3: The ratification debates begin
Today on the podcast, the ratification debates begin with a speech by Benjamin Franklin. George Mason leaves and refuses to sign the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2188, The Anti-Federalists, Part 2: Ratification by the people
The ratification of the Constitution was consistent with John Locke's social contract theory.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2187, The Anti-Federalists, Part 1: A plan to ratify the Constitution
The Framers of the Constitution went around state legislatures to get the Constitution ratified.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2186, Federalism, Part 13: Secession
Since the 1790s some states argued that they had a right to secede.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2185, Federalism, Part 12: Restricting suffrage to landowners
Gouverneur Morris suggested that suffrage should be limited to landowners. This caused an uproar.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2184, Federalism, Part 11: National citizenship
The Framers of the Constitution never defined citizenship, but left it up to the states.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2183, Federalism, Part 10: Slavery and commerce
The delegates to the Philadelphia Convention had to compromise in order to get the authority to regulate commerce among the states.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2182, Federalism, Part 9: Compromises on slavery
The Framers of the Constitution had to make many compromises on the issue of slavery. Today we learn some of them.