The Federalist Papers, By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, And John Jay

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First Quarter Writing Assignment The Federalist Papers are a series of essays that urged citizens to ratify the new United States Constitution. These essays were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay but originally appeared in newspapers anonymously. The Federalist Papers are considered some of the most important pieces of writing that help with the understanding and interpretation of the original Constitution. Federalist paper 10 is perhaps the most famous of the papers and is written by James Madison. In the paper he labels factions as “groups of people who gather together to protect and promote their special economic interests and political opinions” (Primary Documents in American History). Sometimes these factions work against the rights of others and influence the removal of personal liberties. Two personal liberties that have been compromised are the drinking age and the driving age. One personal liberty that has been teetered with for most of our nation’s history is the legal age for the consumption of alcohol. Before the prohibition there was no set drinking age and it varied from state to state if there were any. Many times the states did not even enforce a drinking age. Then in 1920, the eighteenth amendment prohibited all sale and consumption of alcohol. The prohibition was obviously ineffective; there were so many speakeasies and other illegal ways to get alcohol, which not only proves that the outlawing did not work but it also aided to…

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