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LEGAL HISTORY 7 SPRING 2000 Michael France May 5 2000 The founders professedly attempted to construct a nation governed by law not by men Did they succeed Either way what were the ramifications for American society I will discuss the belief that America was founded on the principals of law These laws were created to control those that created them Albeit most of the Founding Fathers thought that individuals given the chance to liberty and freedom will naturally protect those people that would naturally be taken advantage of It is my belief that the idealic notions of the founding fathers of our nation sought to create a society in which the common man could rise through anyone of various institutions and structures Government was necessary for an orderly distribution of resources and protection Hobbes warned without government life would basically be solitary poor nasty brutish and short--a constant struggle to survive against the evil of others 7 OConnor And in examining the Revolutionary war and the creating of our Constitution we must look to the factions that characterized the issues this new young country faced There is debate on whether the Federalist that helped construct the Constitution had virtuous disinterested motivation in furthering the transformation of the colonies into a land of liberty and justice The other side of the debate states that the Anti-Federalist actually saw the future chasms that America would face if the Federalist aristocracy was instituted The Anti-federalist saw it all very diferently Instead of seeing enlightened patriots simply making a Constitution to promote the national good they saw groups of interested men trying to foist an aristocracy onto republican America 93 Wood In 1913 the highly respected political
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