ASR Connection between Adam's letters and Federalist Papers
ASR Connection between Adam's letters and Federalist Papers BIC 2344
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Aubrey Richardson on Monday February 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to BIC 2344 at Baylor University taught by Dr. Jerry Mark Long in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see World Cultures IV in Behavioral Sciences at Baylor University.
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Aubrey Richardson Dr. Poor World Cultures 4 11 February 2016 ASR 2 Both Adam’s Letters and the Federalist papers discuss the topic of group formation. They both hold the idea of an organized political group with fear. This came from the fear of a secondary revolution. At this point in time, the United States had just gone through its revolution and it was organizing the government it was going to put in place. In the Adam’s Letters, there was the idea that women did not have the same rights as men. The main ideas of these letters is Abigail trying to profess her want for rights. This is demonstrated when she says, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation” (Abigail). This can be seen as a threat of sorts because she is threatening to do what the Americans had just done to England. The threat that women will form a rebellion was based created to further push the idea that women’s rights should be taken into account when writing the constitution. While John did not take her views into account, Abigail was basing her argument carrying weight on the threat of revolution. In a much similar fashion, the Federalist Papers discuss how factions should not be formed because they would tear apart the liberty that was put into place. This is demonstrated when it is written that, “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or a minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest,adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community” (Federalist Papers). However, this statement is countered when the papers discuss how the forming of factions damage the liberty of the whole. They discuss how although factions can help, they ultimately harm the society as a whole. These two writings are comparable in the fact that a fear is present when groups are threatened to form. Although, the Adam’s letters are using it as a threat, the fear is still present tin the fact that America could not have withstood another war. However, the threat goes unnoticed and nothing is changed. In the Federalist Papers, the threat of people forming factions is taken very seriously, but then is disregarded as we look at modern day. These factions can be seen in political parties and rallies. However, both see to strike fear in the intended audience to prevent or force an action to occur. This major connection help shape the constitution, because it made the people fear strong groups. This fear of strong groups lead to some discomfort with a strong federal government, however, it still did not deter rebellions, for example, Shay’s rebellion. Overall, fear seemed to be an overarching theme in the creation of the constitution. Fear also sparked controversy about government which still carries on in life today.
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