Federalist Papers – Essay #16

In Essay #16, The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union, Alexander Hamilton wastes no time in focusing on the inadequacies of the present confederation, which he calls the “parent of anarchy,” and continues the theme of the importance of the government to the unity of the country. He postulates that the “delinquencies […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #15

In Essay #15, The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union, Hamilton departs from an overall discussion of the virtues of union that lead to “political safety and happiness” to specific and nearly vehement attacks on the inadequacies of a loose confederation of sovereign states. He points out that the United States is […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #14

James Madison brings the argument of union vs disunion to a close in Essay #14, Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered. To the critics who claim that a republic must be confined to a small territory, Madison writes that they confuse a republic with a democracy. The difference, according to Madison, […]

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Federalist Papers – Essay #13

This short essay #13, Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government, is a cost analysis by Alexander Hamilton arguing that a union would be much more cost efficient for the new country than having each state burdened by administrative overhead and spending for smuggling prevention as well as defense. The counter argument […]

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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 […]

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