Notes on federalism • Federalist papers were letters to the editor of a newspaper in New York • New York was a key state because it was large and in the middle of the state • Governor Clinton was a staunch opponent of the Constitution • Papers meant to offer arguments for the ratification of the Constitution • Designed to influence the opinions and beliefs of the elites who were the primary factors in making of the decision • Authors o John Jay- prestige o James Madison- brains o Alexander Hamilton- energy o Under the name of Publius • Anonymity was a strategic move because he did not want to generate opposition because of the fact that they were the authors • Hamilton wished to establish the Fed papers as the most authoritative opinions on the Constitution because they gave insight on what the founders were actually thinking • Federalism is a system of government whereby a nation is comprised of distinct parts – states – each retaining a certain jurisdiction
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course POL 0011 taught by Professor Glaser during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.