were freedom-loving patriots. Not statists or socialists or fascists.
The Anti-Federalists fought against the mischief of the "well-born few." They considered the drafting of the Constitution and the ratifying conventions as illegitimate because the Articles of Confederation never vested any authority in Congress to repeal the entire document - only alterations could be made and only with the consent of every state, not 9 states of 13. The convention proved the "perpetual union" spoken of in the Articles was merely rhetorical flourish.
During a time of crisis the designing politicians of the day were able to slickly sell a National Consolidated government which created a new central government with unprecedented powers to the unwitting, but well-intentioned American people. Crisis control isn't a new concept.
To be against the Constitution is not to be against freedom. In fact, we should thank the Anti-Federalists for their skepticism and suspicion of big government and special interests. It was their efforts that led to the inclusion of the Bill of Rights, which was their way of telling the country that this new government could not be trusted.