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    The Relevance of the Federalist Papers Then and Now

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    This 4 page paper looks at some of the Federalist Papers to discuss the division of powers between the federal and state governments. Various issues are included such as term limits. Several quotes from original sources are also a part of the paper. No additional sources cited.

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    Constitution. Clearly, the Constitution was not agreed upon easily. Although today it is something that people revere, prior to its birth, there were many debates. One can only imagine how  significant these debates were due to the magnitude of the importance of the living document. As when new legislation is proposed, there are disagreements, there were serious discussions at the  time involving these series of papers. Federalists supported the Constitution as it is known, while Anti-federalists had a lot to gripe about. The issue of state power versus central  power has been significant throughout American history, but was most significant during the early period when the Constitution was first created. That is because much of what happened during the  drafting of the Constitution would impact law for centuries to come. Thomas Jefferson was among the Anti-federalists. Hamilton, Washington and Madison on the other hand were strongly associated with the  federalist position. In the Federalist Papers numbers 52-61, Madison and Hamilton considered several objections to the scheme for the House of Representatives that would be  implemented under the Constitution. Debate would ensue in terms of size for example. Would the House be too small? Would the two-year term be too long? Would the representatives only  represent the elite? These and other questions would be on the minds of those who created the system. Yet, it is really a system of compromise when looked at holistically.  While the Senate has two representatives per state and this provides equal representation for all states, the House makes sure that the people are represented by population as well. And  while in retrospect, it does appear to be fair--although there are still gripes--there was a lot of divisiveness at the time. Federalist Paper Number 53 explains that the period of 

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