Federalist Papers – Essay #12

In Essay #12, The Utility of the Union In Respect to Revenue, Alexander Hamilton furthers his argument about a strong union by pointing out that a union will be more effective in promoting American commerce and foreign trade that will provide revenue to serve as a foundation of power for the new country. Such a revenue stream would not only provide funding for the government, it would reduce the likelihood of individual states raising property taxes on land owners.

He points out how difficult it would be for each state to patrol its own borders to combat smuggling while a union would make such a challenge much easier.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #11 goes to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay 11 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 17 January 2019.

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