Wikimedia Commons. In recommending it to their early deliberations I am happy in the assurance that the decision will be worthy the enlightened and patriotic councils of a virtuous, a free, and a powerful nation. Between , a large number of American ships were seized and impressments of American sailors into service on British ships increased, leading Congress to pass an extreme measure, the Embargo Act of The act restricted trade with foreign nations.
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Have a question? Need assistance? Use our online form to ask a librarian for help. The essays were published anonymously, under the pen name "Publius," in various New York state newspapers of the time.
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The Founders designed a government that would resist mob rule. James Madison traveled to Philadelphia in with Athens on his mind. He had spent the year before the Constitutional Convention reading two trunkfuls of books on the history of failed democracies, sent to him from Paris by Thomas Jefferson. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. Madison and Hamilton believed that Athenian citizens had been swayed by crude and ambitious politicians who had played on their emotions.
Madison begins perhaps the most famous essay of The Federalist Papers by stating that one of the strongest arguments in favor of the Constitution is the fact that it establishes a government capable of controlling the violence and damage caused by factions. Madison defines factions as groups of people who gather together to protect and promote their special economic interests and political opinions. Although these factions are at odds with each other, they frequently work against the public interest and infringe upon the rights of others.