Emotion And Intellect Analysis

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Emotion and intellect have been the basis behind some of the most iconic and respected pieces of writing throughout history. These documents have inspired founders of powerful governments, especially the American Founding Fathers. Emotion and intellect caused different responses forming society’s view of itself. Emotion allows for the reader to see different sides of society they would otherwise not be exposed. While intellect creates a basis for what to expect from a government. However, as seen with issues ranging from initiating the American Revolution to the issue of slavery, emotion has proven to be more effective in leading to a change. The Enlightenment Era brought about political thinkers, Locke and Beccaria, who both heavily influenced…show more content…
Before the United States passed the Constitution disputes about representation in government was common. Both sides in order to promote their views wrote Federalist or Anti-Federalist Papers. James Madison, United States President and one author of the Federalist Papers, urged the public to side with passing the Constitution. In his Federalist Paper 10, he pushed for a united government due to the “numerous advantages promised by a well constructed Union, none deserved to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction” (Madison). A unified government is needed to promote an effective government and to ensure the safety of the citizens. Disputes are certain between men due to the fact “latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man”(Madison). Madison further argues “Instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public councils have, in truth, been the mortal disease under which popular governments have everywhere perished” (Madison). Madison is trying to reason with the citizens, by using history to show how desperate the union needed to unite in a way to create stability and order. Without unifying, the United States would just be added to the list of strong countries have inevitably fallen out of weakness and…show more content…
United States history is consumed with movements to create a change in society. The inception of the United State was sparked by a movement to incite change. When the country was still just the Thirteen Colonies, Britain was overstepping boundaries and taking advantage of the colonies. After passing a number of taxes, on top of other abuses, the colonies had enough and began to work together against Britain. Together a group of colonist created the Declaration of Independence, pronouncing our separation from Britain sovereignty. Citing “when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government” (Jefferson). This line is appealing to the emotion of the colonist, showing it was their right and responsibility to stand up against oppression. The colonist, aware of the injustice they were subject to under control of Britain, decided to unite and throw off the government. Furthermore, this was not a rash decision, “we have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity… they too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity” (Jefferson). The colonist tried to reason with Britain and reach a consensus. However, they were unsuccessful at reaching an agreement. The war was seen as necessary when appealing to the emotions since their
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