fedppr 10 - US History October 9, 2008 Topic: 1. What did...

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US History October 9, 2008 Topic: 1. What did Madison mean by 'factions'? In what ways are factions present today? In Federalist No 10, James Madison showed how factions caused the downfall of the government under the Articles of Confederations. Madison’s proposed government showed that it would be capable of controlling the violence and damage caused by factions. Madison believed that an extended republic, with limited power, was set up including a multiplicity of economic, geographic, social, religious, and sectional interests, these interests, by checking each other, would prevent American society from being divided into the clashing armies of factions and it could secure domestic harmony by discouraging the development of factions. Madison’s definition of a 'faction' as a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest. Factions are most commonly known as part of large political
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