Distribution of Power Under The 1787 Constitution
The founding fathers at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 all represented propertied interests, wealthy white males such as George Washington, James Madison, Edmund Randolph, Benjamin Franklin and Governour Morris, "the elite of the American elite" (Stewart et al. American, 56). None of them believed in pure democracy, direct rule by the majority, which Madison said in Federalist No. 10 would lead to rule by faction and a tyranny of the majority. Instead, they believed in strengthening the powers of the national government, as needed to preserve national independence, develop the economy and protect private property rights. They devised a constitutional framework in which power would be limited and diffused as a safeguard against direct majority rule and against tyranny. The result they called republican government. They acknowledged that the ultimate legitimacy of government lay in the consent of the governed, but in their view the wishes of the majority could best be implemented and interpreted by elected representatives, rather than by direct votes by the majority on the issues, because they believed that only the propertied and well-educated classes could keep the national interest foremost.

 
 
1961
8
 
   
 
 
   
    Some topics in this essay  
 
    Madison Federalist | Federal Government | Declaration Independence | Federal Constitution | House Representatives | Civil War | Declaration Independence's | Articles Confederation | Confederation Moreover | Bill Rights | stewart et | stewart et al | et al | central government | provided framework | federalist 51 | federal government | blacks women | al readings | constitution helped | form government | et al readings | american government politics | sunshine christine schultz | government politics millennium |  
   
 
 
 
   
    Get Better Grades!  
 
   
 
   
 
   
    Saved Papers  
 
    Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!  
   
 
   
    Testimonials  
 
   
"I've used this site for 2 semesters and I'll be back next year for sure!"
Liz R.
 
"This site rocks! I got an A thanks to you helping with my writers block."
Sara B.
 
"I was in a real bind and your site helped me to come up with ideas for my paper."
Brian T.
 
"It's nice to be able to find information so quickly and easily."
Jillian T.
 
"I enjoy reading other writers papers to get their perspective on things. It makes writing my own paper so much easier."
Cindy A.
 
 
   
 
 
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 CollegeTermPapers.com. All Rights Reserved. DMCA