LS500 – Legal Methods in Process
Ideas that Shaped the Constitution
The Federalist Papers were a series of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay encouraging the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The papers were published between 1787 and 1788 in New York. Alexander Hamilton wrote the majority of the letters. He write 52 letters, James Madison wrote 28 followed by John Jay who contributed the remaining 5. Hamilton wanted a new national government that had complete political authority. He disliked state governments and believed that they should be eliminated entirely. I will discuss 3 main ideas regarding the Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers wanted to protect the people as a whole, not just individuals. Before the U.S. Constitution was formed, the leaders believed that a weak central government wouldn’t have enough power to protect the rights of individual people. After the U.S. Constitution was created, the document called for a strong central government, one that would have power over the state governments and provide a unified authority on legislating, enforcing and judging laws. What was the purpose of the Federalist Papers?
The overall purpose of the Federalist Papers was to convince the people that a stronger centralized government would be more protective of their rights. The Federalist papers were written to convince people to ratify the Constitution. The papers discussed the unequivocal experience of the incompetence of the federal government and the need for a stronger central government. They wanted the public to support the constitution and get involved. Many leaders wanted a centralized government because they feared if the power remained in the states it would eventually tear the government apart. States fought with each other over power and they wanted the power to be centralized not at the states level. The States had more power than the government. Many far-sighted leaders...
References: The Federalist Papers. retrieved on December 14, 2013 from http://www.sparknotes.com/history/american/federalist/context.html
The U.S. Constitution, retrieved on December 14, 2013 from http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html
The Federalist Papers, (2002), retrieved on December 17, 2013 from http://www.crf-usa.org/foundations-of-our-constitution/the-federalist-papers.html
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