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This essay covers the background and foreground for the creation of Thomas Jefferson's "The Anti-Federalist Papers". Though brief, it is very concise and informative in its analysis and findings regarding the making of the this classic piece of literature. The writer pulls directly from the source of the text to paint a picture of how England's experiences and the developing philosophies of the time helped forge a new vision of government and a way to create the United States.
From the Paper:"Its objection to the centralized nature of the federalist ideology is particularly well-captured in articles such as the Anti-Federalist Paper No. 17, which argues that the intended empowerment of the federal government went too far to the detriment of state's rights. So contends Brutus when he denotes that, 'as its powers reach, all ideas of confederation are given up and lost. It is true this government is limited to certain objects, or to speak more properly, some small degree of power is still left to the States; but a little attention to the powers vested in the general government, will convince every candid man, that if it is capable of being executed, all that is reserved for the individual States must very soon be annihilated, except so far as they are barely necessary to the organization of the general government.' (TN, 1) This is a position which, though extreme in its cautionary speculation about the outcome of the selected form of government, is nonetheless a compelling observation concerning the implications of the emerging Constitution. Most particularly, it addresses the perception that the Constitution is an inherently federalist document with a distinct bias toward the preeminence of federal authority over individual state identities.
"The reigning debate on the subject is captured well by such figures as Alexander Hamilton who, in his introduction to The Federalist Papers, points to the central conflict dividing thinkers on either side of the debate."
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- Rossiter, Clinton. (1961). The Federalist Papers. Signet Classics.
- Storing, Herbert J. (1985). The Anti-Federalist. The University of Chicago Press.
- The Nation (TN). (2008). The Antifederalist Papers. This Nation.com.
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