Essay about The Federalist

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In order to ascertain the cultural and literary significance of the “The Federalist”, an understanding of some small but significant United States history is in order. In 1787 the Constitutional Convention was to meet and determine the next pivotal step for the United States of America. What will be the governing body of this new republic and how should it strike forward on this great adventure. A team of framers set out to write what would become one the greatest documents in modern history.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our
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37 through 85.) These books were titled simply The
Federalist.” (Coenen)
Since this new government needed some explanation Hamilton, Alexander, and Jay set out to clarify what the intent was. “Just as the delegates regarded democracy with varying degrees of enthusiasm, so too did they differ in their understanding of the meaning and character of the very structures of government they were creating.” (Beeman) Through out the years many have wondered what was the intent of the framers of the constitution? Is the constitution a living document or is it to be taken by literal word? In order to make these decisions one must look back and read what the intent was. An indepth reading of the “The Federalist” will give some insite into the humility of the framers and the struggles faced with the birth of a new nation. “The Federalist authors considered themselves as not just inheriting a tradition, but transforming it. A representative government based upon claims to certain inalienable rights and deriving its sovereignty from “we the people” created the possibility of the development of truly democratic government,…” (Unknown)
Although “The Federalist” was not intended to educate the rest of the county on what this new Constitution entailed, it did however spark enough interest to be published for further review so that the average citizen would know what his government was. Sensing the humility of mankind and the greedyness that can

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