Massachusetts (adams) symbolized national unity: represented the federalist party. A betrayal of what many believed to be the goal of the american. The bill of rights: anti-federalists, americans who opposed the 1787 constitution. It seemed a dangerous concentration of centralized power that threatened the rights and liberties of ordinary u. s. citizens: united in demanding protection for individual rights. Constitution: states" rights to powers not specifically delegated to the federal government. Adoption of the bill of rights softened the anti-federalists" opposition to the. Constitution and gave the new federal government greater legitimacy among those who distrusted the new centralized power. Robust federal government would provide a solid financial foundation for the country: the united states had been unable to pay its debts in the 1780s and was therefore considered a credit risk by european countries. Washington backed hamilton"s position and signed legislation creating the bank.