What objection did Jefferson have to the new federal Constitution?
He feared that a powerful national government would threaten the rights of the people.
Consider this from Jeffersons letter to Madison on December 20, 1787:
"...I will now add what I do not like. First the omission of a bill of rights providing clearly & without the aid
of sophisms for freedom of religion, freedom of the press, protection against standing armies, restriction
against monopolies, the eternal & unremitting force of the habeas corpus laws, and trials by jury… a bill
of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, &
what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences."
(Original version: https://www.loc.gov/item/mtjbib003193/)
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