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This paper presents an analysis of "The Federalist Papers" by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison and their ultimate impact on the shaping of the Constitution. The paper notes how "The Federalist Papers" are a primary source of evidence used to help understand the intentions of the Founding Fathers in drafting the Constitution. Additionally, the paper describes the time period in which "The Federalist Papers" were published. Then, it highlights the tree major points the authors intended to make with these articles, particularly the role of the central government, the issue of individual rights and freedoms and state representation in the Congress. The reviewer gives a personal reflection on reading this work and concludes by stating that "The Federalist Papers" fill in many of the blanks of American history, illustrating the ongoing debate between "big" and "small" government and the role of federal powers in protecting the rights of the people.
From the Paper:"The Federalist Papers were published between the time the Articles of the Confederation and the Constitution. Before the Constitution was ratified, the confederacy of state was loose, and no federal government had been established. The Federalist Papers argue in favor of a strong federal, centralized government and each essay offers specific reasons why a federal government is desirable. The authors argue that a federal government serves several key functions. First, a loose confederation of states is always at risk for the development of cross-border conflicts and possibly war. A federal government unifies the ideals of member states while still allowing for their sovereignty with regards to individual rights and freedoms. The potential for factionalism within states is addressed in Madison's Federalist 10."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hamilton, A., Madison, J., & Jay, J. The Federalist Papers. 1788. Retrieved Mar 9, 2009 from http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/fedindex.htm
Cite this Analytical Essay:
"The Federalist Papers" and the Constitution (2010, December 24) Retrieved February 19, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/the-federalist-papers-and-the-constitution-146294/
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