The Federalist Paper By James Madison

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The federalist papers were written in between the years 1787 and 1788. They were written under the anonymous pen name Publius, and were basically the federalist’s responses to the anonymous writings of the anti-federalists. There were 85 federalist papers defending the ratification of the constitution, and explaining the many ways of how a stronger national government would benefit society and the general welfare of the United States. The papers were written by three men; James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay (http://www.foundingfathers.info/federalistpapers/.) Now all of the federalist papers were very important when it came to influencing public opinion, however there were some that highlighted what the constitution would really be all about. And one of those was the federalist paper #51. 51 was written by James Madison and was published Friday, February 8, 1788. It contained his opinion on two different things. One was how the system of checks and balances would work in safeguarding our liberty and the second was all about the competing interests of different factions, and how that would work to benefit us as a large republic. At the Constitutional Convention, they discussed the idea of checks and balances, and Madison elaborated on this with the federalist papers. Madison said “If men were angels no government would be necessary,” and “If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary”. He believed that it…

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