Antifederalist No. 57 — Will the House of Representatives Be Genuinely Representative? (Part 3)

. . . . But “the people must elect good men.” Examine the system — is it practicable for them to elect fit and proper representatives where the number is so small? “But the people may choose whom they please.” This is an observation, I believe, made without due attention to facts and the state …

FEDERALIST No. 57: The Alleged Tendency of the New Plan to Elevate the Few at the Expense of the Many Considered in Connection with Representation.

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

Antifederalist No. 56 — Will the House of Representatives Be Genuinely Representative? (Part 2)

. . . . Why in England have the revolutions always ended in stipulations in favor of general liberty, equal laws, and the common rights of the people, and in most other countries in favor only of a few influential men? The reasons, in my mind, are obvious. In England the people have been substantially …

FEDERALIST No. 56: The Total Number of the House of Representatives

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

Antifederalist No. 55 — Will the House of Representatives Be Genuinely Representative? (Part 1)

Following are four essays by “The Federal Farmer.” …. It being impracticable for the people to assemble to make laws, they must elect legislators, and assign men to the different departments of the government. In the representative branch we must expect chiefly to collect the confidence of the people, and in it to find almost …

Thanksgiving – 1770’s Style

In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation designating November 26 of that year as a national day of thanksgiving to recognize the role of providence in creating the new United States and the new federal Constitution.  Thanksgiving as a celebration of surviving the first year of the Plymouth Colony had been celebrated in Massachusetts …

FEDERALIST No. 55: The Total Number of the House of Representatives

We are on the eve of a very important election.  Much has been said about the Constitution and what is Constitutional so let’s take a few weeks and look at the foundational letters written by Madison, Hamilton, and Jay arguing for the creation of the US Constitution.  The comment tab is open.  Please share your …

First Thanksgiving Celebration

On December 18, 1777, General George Washington’s army celebrated the first national Thanksgiving in Gulph Mills and on Rebel Hill. The celebration caused a one day delay in the army’s march to Valley Forge, which General Washington had decided a day earlier, was to be where the army would make its winter quarters. The purpose of …

Antifederalist No. 54 –Apportionment And Slavery: Northern And Southern Views

This four part essay shows both northern and southern dissatisfaction with “the Great Compromise.” The first is taken from the third essay of “Brutus.” The second: from the speeches of Rawlins Lowndes to the South Carolina ratifying convention on January 16, 17, and 18, 1788. The third: from the sixth essay by “Cato.” The fourth: …