Federalist Papers: Interpreting The Constitution

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The Federalist Papers After the Revolutionary War, many Americans realized that the government established by the Articles of Confederation was not working. That is why delegates from the thirteen states met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 to make a new form of government. Their creation was the United States Constitution. However, before the Constitution could become official law, it had to first be ratified by nine of the thirteen states. Many of the states did not favor the concept of having this new form of government; especially the New York colony. The delegates needed inspiration so the Constitution would benefit of everyone, and that it would provide a just and self-sufficient government that would last forever. The Federalist Papers helped ratify the Constitution and unite the states while becoming the most important source for understanding and interpreting the Constitution (Peacock). After the Constitution was released to the public, no other state showed more disgust toward the Constitution than New York. Many commentators charged that the Constitution diminished the rights Americans had won during the Revolutionary War. Fearful that the cause of the Constitution might be lost in his home state, Alexander Hamilton devised a plan to write a series essays disproving the critics. Hamilton, a brilliant lawyer, came forward at this moment…show more content…
The philosophy behind the Federalist Papers is fascinating; as it unravels our young nation’s desire for “security from foreign nations; for peace in America, and for individual freedom. These values, it was hoped, could be achieved by united action. And whereas earlier plans of union were largely motivated by a desire for security and peace, those of the period under consideration were the first appearance of the freedom motif

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