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THESIS PAPER The Constitution of 1787 was written solely to advance the economic interests of the upper classes of the United States At the time the Constitution of 1787 was written America had just won its independence from the monarchy of England In England the king and the aristocracy controlled the land and the money at the expense of the people This limited the peoples chances for economic advancement When these oppressed people broke away from English rule the newly founded country was based on the principle that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Declaration of Independence Page 100 in Documents of American History With freedom from England Americans now had the chance for economic equality However the more educated and prosperous Americans now controlled an unequal amount of land and money As a result they wanted to keep their wealth and not be overly taxed for the sake of democracy This situation posed a dramatic contradiction in that these rich Americans were acting in a very similar manner to the English aristocracy which they had fought against to eventually gain their independence These Americans were the same people who wrote the Constitution of 1787 of the United States However they wrote the Constitution in such a way that they would confuse the common people and allow the wealthy to constitutionally retain their riches Among these wealthy Americans were men such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton To defend their economic interests they issued essays to convince the majority of Americans lower class than themselves that they should have their wealth protected These essays were known as the Federalist Papers and one in particular expressed their economic interests through the fog of preserving liberty and avoiding the violence of faction The Federalist No 10 Page 283 Madison knew that the Articles
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