The Federalist Paper

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The Federalist papers played a crucial role in helping to quell the fears of Americans who didn’t want another King George III. In Federalist number 45, James Madison reassures Americans that the federal government was not given too much power, and that if the federal government became too strong or tyrannical, the states would be able to mitigate any effects (Madison 1788). Madison also states that the federal government is necessary for the prosperity of the people (Madison 1788). He claims that the powers of the federal government will not be dangerous to its people, for which he gives a few reasons. First of all, Madison argues that the federal government’s powers are few and specific, whereas the state powers are broad and unlimited.
The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined…. The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State. (Madison 1788)

Those which remain with the State governments are numerous and indefinite. He mentions this because the anti-federalists fear that the Federal government will use all of its power to control the states (Madison 1788). This demonstrates that the federal government is limited and weaker than that of the states. Another reason he cites is that the federal government cannot exist without the…

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