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When the revolutionary war was over the American colonists found themselves free of British control Now that they were free they wanted to create their own system of government where the tyranny and the arbitrariness of the British monarchy of old would be diminished Originally The Articles of Confederation thinly united the thirteen states This document had given the central government no power to do what was needed The central government had no power to tax they only had the power to ask the states for money They also had no money to pay for an army to settle domestic disputes or fight off invaders These weaknesses and others in The Articles of Confederation caused the people to consider amending the Articles that would correct these wrongs and at the same time protecting the interests of the states So in 1787 the states sent delegates to a convention in Philadelphia to amend the Articles It did not take long for the delegates to scrap the Articles and to start writing a new document the Constitution Even this new document created controversy The American people were divided into two groups the federalists with Alexander Hamilton as the leader and the anti-federalists or Jeffersonians because they were led by Thomas Jefferson The federalists believed that the Constitution itself was good enough where as the Jeffersonians thought that it would not protect the rights of the people But both however decided that the government should be based on the principles of federalism The Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution to help the ratification of it and to insure the rights of the people The Federalist a series of papers was written to get support of the Constitution in New York These papers were written under the pseudonym Publius The papers were actually written by three men Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay Hamilton was the leader of these three for he had written 51
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