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How would James Madison feel about the Current State of Federalism This paper is going to ascertain what Madisons view on the current state of federalism would be by understanding what federalism and government is discovering the intent of the framers of the constitution their reasons for establishing a federal system evaluating the detailed history of James Madisons career examining the progression of federalism in American history analyze current views of our federal body and finally compare those views to Madisons Framers intent In order to understand what James Madisons views on federalism where it is first necessary to understand what federalism means The word came into English from the Latin word Foederatus which means bound by treatyJudson 24 The earliest recorded use of the word in English language was by the 17th century puritans when they spoke of federal theology meaning a covenant between God and the settlers in America Judson 24 Federalism as a tool of governing was developed in order to link separate states together with a national order in order to pursue effective objectives that are otherwise unobtainable alone Federalism defined by Nelson A Rockefeller is a government by which a sovereign people for their greater progress and protection yield a portion of their sovereignty to a political system that has more than one center of sovereign power energy and creativity Rockefeller 6 The Federal idea is not a new one Attempts were made to form leagues in Greece in the 3rd and 4th centuries and also in mediaeval Italy however these attempts where short lived Dougless 10 Before the United States Constitution the states existed as independent nations brought together in a confederacy under the Articles of Confederation This Confederation was formed during the Revolutionary War in order to bring greater strength between the States in order to fight the British and win independence Each state had the same number of representatives that met
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