Federalist Papers – Essay #35

In Essay #35, Concerning the General Power of Taxation, Alexander Hamilton defends the unfettered ability of the national government to levy taxes.

His argument focuses on fairness – that if the federal government were only allowed to levy certain taxes, then the tax burden would be unequally distributed among the population.

And for the first time, Hamilton dives into the makeup of the House of Representatives – touching for the first time on class relations.

While critics of the proposed Constitution argue that the Congress should reflect the demographics of the population, Hamilton that economic and political interests transcend social class.

Credit for the summary and analysis of Essay #35 is given to Brittany Nelson and Christopher Higgins (second revision 09/15/2011). Weinbloom, Elizabeth ed. “The Federalist Papers Essay 35 Summary and Analysis”. GradeSaver, 30 December 2011 Web. 30 January 2019.

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