Political Trust & Distrust 5

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The framers had a lot of distrust on their minds:

  • Some of the framers feared that the government could become a tyranny led by the majority faction. A particular fear in this regard came from members of the land-owning class. They worried that the poor citizens, being more numerous, might not be trusted with power.
  • Some worried that a new federal government in a territory as large as the 13 colonies might be too distant from its citizens to understand their needs.
  • Some members of the less populous colonies feared that the larger population colonies would dominate them.
  • Some members of colonies whose economies were built on enslaved labor worried that slavery would be outlawed.

Image: Elbridge Gerry, Anti-federalist. National Archives mural.

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