Alexander Hamilton Essay

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Founding fathers were primarily oriented towards weak central government. The approach to government that was advocated by Hamilton, Madison and Jay, were particularly interested in a republican form of government that fractured the power structure of the United States in such a way that no one branch of government could exercise unilateral control over the others. They sought to create a system of government that would avoid the parliamentary model, wherein the leader would create the government. Their views would ultimately lead to the separation of the three branches of government. They also looked to maintain a high level of power within the individual states, which further served as a check on the powers of the central government.


The idea of a fractured power structure is favored by both major political parties. It is not, as near as can be determined, within the stated aims of either party to dismantle the current system in favor of something more centralized. As a matter of policy, restructuring the political system is simply not on the table. They both do quite well, in terms of wealth and power, from the existing structure.


In the introduction to Federalist Paper No.1, Alexander Hamilton is advocating for the ratification of the Constitution. He argues that the Constitution is necessary for a couple of different reasons. The first is that the current government is, in his view, inefficient. Hamilton makes some points reflecting how intellectually interesting the American experiment in government is, and therefore how important it is not just for the country but for the future of mankind.

There is pathos in the argument Hamilton makes, arguing against the ill-defined threat of "a certain class of men" who "resist all changes which may hazard a diminution of power." He also introduces fear of having the empire split "into partial confederacies." Thus, Hamilton is asking the reader to stand in favor of the Constitution as a means of specifically splitting the power structure to reduce the power of some groups of people, but simultaneously to maintain enough centralized strength that the union remains intact. He particularly argues that the motivations of those who would oppose the Constitution are nefarious, noting "ambition, avarice, personal animosity, and party opposition" as among the motives of those who are opposing the Constitution, so seeking to debase the character of the opponents in a manner to provoke fear of these…

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Hamilton, A. (1787) The Federalist Paper No. 1: Introduction. Library of Congress. Retrieved November 1, 2014 from

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