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Martin Kelly

What Were the Federalist Papers?

By December 19, 2013

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When it became obvious that the Articles of Confederation were too weak to last, individuals came together at the Constitutional Congress. The result was the US Constitution. However, not everyone was satisfied that the Constitution gave states enough rights. Those who were in favor of the US Constitution were federalists; those opposed were anti-federalist. Three top federalists created the Federalist Papers. Learn more about them and their purpose with this Federalist Papers FAQ.


January 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm
(1) Sandi says:

“In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, — if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
~ Benjamin Franklin, Speech to the Constitutional Convention (June 28, 1787)

“When the general convention met, no citizen of the United States could expect less from it than I did, so many jarring interests and prejudices to reconcile! The variety of pressing dangers at our doors, even during the war, were barely sufficient to force us to act in concert and necessarily give way at times to each other. But when the great work was done and published, I was not only most agreeably disappointed, but struck with amazement. Nothing less than that superintending hand of Providence that so miraculously carried us through the war… could have brought it about so complete, upon the whole.”
~ Charles Pickney, Letter published in “The State Gazette of South Carolina” under the pseudonym A Steady and Open Republican (May 5, 1788)

January 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm
(2) william cormeny says:

The Constitution is not the Ten Commandments despite the reverence it assumes in the minds of the Supreme Court,Congress, and attorneys.
One reason is simple: It can be changed at any time.
At no time in the Koran, Old Testament, or New Testament is there a mention of altering the basic rules through an amendment process.
As both commentators warned,it may fall into despotism like all governments,and it was a miraculous solution in the eyes of the contemporaries who thought our diverse and disagreeable citizens could agree on anything.

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