The Federalists papers were co-written by John Jay.
There are several essays or letters written. The second one is addressed to the people in New York. John Jay’s main argument is the importance of unity. He says “The prosperity of the people of America depended on their continuing firmly united.” John Jay makes these arguments because he is a member of the Federalist Party, who advocates for a uniting of states to form a central authority.
He believes that without the ratification of the Constitution, the United States will not be civil, and will have no protection or benefits. Throughout reading this essay, many quotes stuck out to me. First of all, “A strong sense of the value and blessings of union induced people, at a very early period, to institute a federal government to preserve and to perpetuate it.
” This quote describes how America has always been identified as united and should preserve its traditional beliefs and values, which the Constitution will help do so. Second, “That body recommended certain measures to their constituents, and the event proved their wisdom; yet it is fresh in our memories how soon the press began to teem with pamphlets and weekly papers against those very measures.” John Jay has explained the betrayal of American citizens, and how they were publicly speaking against the authors of the Constitution. The strongest quote in the whole essay was, “Nothing is more indispensable than the necessity of government.” This quote sums up the beliefs of Federalists.
This is because they believe that a unified government is an undeniable superpower. The weaknesses of this essay are the lack of background information. In order for someone to fully understand this text, they must have knowledge on the time period. They must also understand the opposing side, the Anti Federalists.
The wording is also quite difficult for me to understand, so I must reread certain paragraphs a few times. The strengths of John Jay’s essay is how persuasive it is. He makes the reader believe that our country was meant for this type of government.
He describes how unity is important in order to succeed. He also makes Anti Federalists out to be traders, as they oppose what their origin is. This means that they are opposing their traditional beliefs and what is meant for our country.
Overall, this essay had a positive effect on my understanding of the importance of unity and the Constitution. While reading the Federalists Papers No.2, I was thinking about the Articles of Confederation. I read about how power is distributed, and what kinds of roles the government plays and its limitations. This is the idea that started this whole debate.
This Articles, the foundation of our Constitution started such an uprising amongst the people. Without these documents, our government would be completely different today, and power would be distributed in other ways. I have come up with a few questions to discuss. If you were alive during this time period, would you be an anti-federalist, or a federalist? Is being a federalist mainly supporting unity, and limited government? Were anti-federalists really going against the traditional morals of the united states?