Federalist Papers – Essay #2

Federalist paper #2 was written by John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The essay is quite basic – and Jay states two facts about political life:

  • A society needs some form of government, and
  • The government must be granted sufficient power to regulate conflict and administer the laws.

Not only does Jay focus on these two fundamental facts about political life, he argues that such a government in a large and diverse country in which the early Americans find themselves should be united because of dangers from foreign force and influence. He references the recent revolutionary war and the obvious vulnerability of a country were it to be a collection of independent states rather than united, and  points out the fact being united makes sense since the people come from essentially the same lands, speak the same language, have similar manners and customs, believe in the same principles of government, and worship the same God.

Guidesaver presents the analysis in more detail and you can access the full summary and analysis by clicking HERE. The source of this article is: Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay 2 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 14 January 2019.

You can access Guidesaver summary and analysis by clicking HERE.

You can access the full text of Essay #2 by clicking HERE.

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