Thomas Jefferson's Bill Of Rights

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The early days of the United States were detrimental as they determined what type of government the colonies were going to have. James Madison, the author of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Federalist Papers, is one of the most important political figures and Founding Fathers that persevered religious freedom and a balanced national and state government. Madison’s contributions to the establishment of the American republic extremely significant,; however they were less noticed and overshadowed by other Founding Fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. To many Americans the U.S. Constitution was written by the words of God1, however the document that embodies the fundamental laws and principles that governs the …show more content…
President, Madison was elected to be the newly formed U.S. House of Representatives (1789-1797). After understanding that the Constitution gave tremendous amount of power to the federal government, Madison worked to draft the Bill of Rights in order to periodically highlight the individual rights of the people. The Federalist fought against the Bills of rights by using James Wilson’s “‘reserved powers theory’” and that the “no bill of rights would be needed because the government has power to act only where power has been expressly granted powers and powers not given were retained by the people” (Ame. Gov., 7th Edition, pg 76-78). However, the Bill of Rights was ratified by the states in 1791. Moreover, Thomas Jefferson and Madison founded the Democratic-Republican Party, a party that believed in an agrarian-based, decentralized, and democratic government. Jefferson and Madison believed that the states could be democratic as possible, but still maintain it a republic. This was significant due to the party becoming America’s first opposition political party. The Democratic- Republicans won this against the Federalist; we can clearly see that the United States is a Democratic nations while still being a republic. Madison’s mistake was to put his trust on the elite, but he tried fixing this mistake by creating an upper, middle, and lower class that was supposed to balance each other. This transformation is represented in our modern society. Madison’s intention was to reduce the power of the federal government and the states and other classes of people in change as

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