Federalist Essay Topics

Federalist Papers

Perhaps one of the most critical and complex issues which faced the framers of the United States constitution was that of how to limit the government and associated governmental beuracacy while ensuring that the Federal government retained enough power and authority to interpret and enforce the constitution itself. As Madison remarks in the opening lines… View Article

The Federalist Papers, James Madison

In the Federalist Papers, James Madison and others outline their logic both in favor of and against ratification of the Constitution.  One of the largest parts of these arguments was the discussion of separation of powers and functions.  James Madison outlined one problem inherent in having a multi-branched government—namely the idea of encroachment. He viewed… View Article

The Federalist Papers, John Jay

John Jay remarks in Federalist Number 3 that “[t]he safety of the people doubtless has relation to a great variety of circumstances and considerations, and consequently affords great latitude to those who wish to define it precisely and comprehensively  (Jay, 1787).”  By this he means that the new government has the ability to define and… View Article