VA- big picture, more centered toward national gov’t, laws
3. What sort of citizens do the governments of Virginia and Massachusetts want to have? What
specific provisions in these declarations support your answer?
Background information for The Federalist Papers
During the ratification debates of 1787-1788, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
published a series of newspaper editorials in support of ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
These articles were collected and published as a book,
. For all time prior to 1787
(ancient Greece and Rome, the Swiss Cantons, the Enlightenment), political philosophers
believed that a republican form of government could only cover small land masses. In
, Hamilton and Madison try to destroy that argument. To the contrary, they claim, a
republic will be stronger and better if it covers a larger area of land. Using this as a background,
consider some of the following questions: