Alexander Hamilton: The Federalist Papers

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Alexander Hamilton wrote the first of many Federalist Papers. He was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to New York City when he was 16 (“Alexander Hamilton” 1). He fought in the Revolutionary War under George Washington, then returned to his home state after the war and became a politician. As a result of his governmental position of “the nation’s first secretary of the treasury” under George Washington, he obtained a significant position in society (“Alexander Hamilton” 1). Alongside James Madison and John Jay, he wrote the Federalist Papers after the Articles of Confederation failed. He wanted to prove how the Constitution would help all Americans and provided insight on precisely what the Constitution claimed to do (“Alexander Hamilton”…show more content…
In order to determine whether or not the Constitution would pass, the leaders would have to get approval from nine out of the thirteen colonies. New York’s place in the new republic was crucial due to its large population and geographic location (“On This Day” 1). Hamilton published the Federalist Papers in the newspapers in New York in order to reach out to the people of New York and persuade them to support the Constitution. The first Federalist Paper mainly discusses how the Constitution will benefit the people of New York. He begins by mentioning how the people of New York are “called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America” (Hamilton 1). He then further explains his opinions on the Constitution, the people who wrote it, and what it means for the new government. He explains that he will “freely lay before [the people] the reasons on which [the Constitution is] founded” and how these reasons formed the Constitution (Hamilton 1). He later explains how “[his] arguments will be open to all” for discussion about how the Constitution will benefit the people (Hamilton…show more content…
His whole purpose for writing the Federalist Papers was to get the people of New York to vote for the Constitution, so including the people in the new government was incredibly important to him and the citizens of the new country. He also explains “[the Constitution’s] analogy to [the people’s] own state constitution” and how it compares and benefits each state’s population (Hamilton 1). Hamilton makes the argument that the Constitution will benefit the people of New York because he wanted the people to vote for the Constitution to pass. Throughout the paper, the evidence is very clear, through his explanations of the Constitution to help the people better understand it and his personal reason for writing the papers. As a result of his opinions, the argument is very convincing because he explains in depth how the Constitution will benefit the people in many ways. In one instance, he makes a point about how the people will forget that the government needs to have a loser grip on it people compared to the British, then explains how “it will be equally forgotten that the vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty” (Hamilton
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