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The House of Representatives One of the biggest disagreements between the federalist and the anti-federalist was the issue of the separation of powers that the executive judicial and legislative branches should be separate and distinct The anti-federalists were afraid that the mixing of the powers would enable the government to hold all of the power and trample on the rights of the individual The federalist realized this and addressed the issue by saying that in a government of mixed powers it is important that each branch have a degree of control over another In an idealistic government the people would have the power to elect and control all branches of government The federalist realized this was not a feasible task because of the lack of knowledge the public had with governing affairs Therefore the people would vote for trained representatives that would voice their concerns and opinions These representatives would make up the congress or the legislative branch America was to be known as a republic form of government In a representative republic the most powerful branch is the legislative branch because this is the branch that appeals to the people The federalist divided the congress into the House of Representatives and the Congress to balance the power each having a different election process The election process of the House of Representatives concerned the anti-federalists The anti-federalist criticized these processes because they were very different from the manner in which they elected representatives for their own state legislature In this paper I will discuss theses criticisms and the federalists responses to these criticisms In the constitution it states that the House of Representatives would be composed of 65 members This concerned the anti-federalist because some states had more than 65 state representatives did alone This high number of representatives made it possible for people of different classes and walks of life to be represented within their state With only 65 representatives how could
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