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Federalist Vs Anti Federalist analysis and application

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´╗┐Catherine Chavez Between the periods of 1780s through the early 1800s William Shatnire, an intellectual white merchant, was a part of the Federalist Party for quite some time. Consequently, Shatnire believed in pursuing a more loose interpretation of the new Constitution. He felt that the ?Constitution was a step up from the Articles of Confederation, since it would provide a better balance between the national and state government? (civics.org article). Although George Washington, the first president, was not a Federalist, his Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, was leader of the Federalist and the one who helped develop it more. Even though the constitution was passed, much to William Shatnire?s satisfaction, there was still a good deal of debate over whether it should be a strict or loose interpretation. ...read more.


At first the Congress took on a tariff on imports known as the Tariff of 1789. The government needed this money to survive and to be able to pay off the debt. In 1790, the national debt totaled more than $50 million, most of which was ?owed to both domestic and foreign lenders (248)?. When Congress could not come up with a solution that was reasonable, they turned to Alexander Hamilton with the problem. He soon proceeded to come up with a ?Report on Public Credit.? In this paper Hamilton showed that the only way for the government to establish credit was to ?assume the obligations accumulated by the states during the previous fifteen years and redeem national debt by agreeing to a new issue of interest-bearing bonds? (248). ...read more.


The central government was becoming independent, and less reliant on the states. What Hamilton did was that he made the nation stronger in the eyes of other nations. This is a great accomplishment. Most people thought that the country?s constitution was just ratified and there were no arguments over it being accepted or not. In fact there were enough disagreements that made it very close to it not being passed. Even before the United States Constitution was ratified there was debate over whether or not to have a strict interpretation or a loose one. Just look at the power America has today. But besides everything that happened, the Federalist did a great job in starting up the country. ?As James Madison stated, ?If men were angels. No government would be necessary?. But since men were not angels , he felt a strong government was needed? (civics.org article). ...read more.

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