The Federalist Papers: No. 55

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 55 is published. Publius continues his analysis of the House of Representatives. Is the number of House members too small? Will it “be an unsafe depositary of the public interests”? The first House was to start with only 65 members. The states, Publius notes, have all relied […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 54

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 54 is published. Publius is still dissecting the provisions regarding the House of Representatives. In this paper, he has the difficult task of defending one of the Constitution’s compromises regarding slavery. This essay was most likely written by James Madison, who personally felt very conflicted by slavery. […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 53

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 53 is published. Publius continues his examination of the House of Representatives. The previous paper addressed the question of biennial elections of congressmen: Is the designated frequency of elections “safe”? Put another way, do they protect liberty? This paper continues with the same topic. Then it turns […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 52

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 52 is published. Publius is ready to begin an examination of each part of government. In this paper, he starts with the House of Representatives. What are the proper qualifications for and the proper terms for Congressmen? And who should get to vote for them? “[T]he right […]

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