The Federalist Papers



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The Federalist Papers
James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote a series of papers trying to persuade the states to ratify the Constitution.  You will read two of the papers they wrote in a modified version: The Federalist, No. 10 and The Federalist, No. 51. Answer the following questions in your notebook.
Federalist 10

1. a) How does Madison describe factions? b) According to him, what caused factions? c) Why are factions dangerous?

2. Why are direct democracies ineffective in controlling conflict?

3. Why are large republics (i.e. the US) better than small ones?


Federalist 51

1. What arguments are given to support separation of powers?

2. In a republican form of government, what branch should be the most powerful? Why was dividing that branch so important?

3. What groups of people are protected in a representative government?


The Federalist Papers
James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote a series of papers trying to persuade the states to ratify the Constitution.  You will read two of the papers they wrote in a modified version: The Federalist, No. 10 and The Federalist, No. 51. Answer the following questions in your notebook.
Federalist 10

1. a) How does Madison describe factions? b) According to him, what caused factions? c) Why are factions dangerous?

2. Why are direct democracies ineffective in controlling conflict?

3. Why are large republics (i.e. the US) better than small ones?


Federalist 51

1. What arguments are given to support separation of powers?



2. In a republican form of government, what branch should be the most powerful? Why was dividing that branch so important?

3. What groups of people are protected in a representative government?


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