Federalism

Constitution Sunday: “A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] III

“A Landholder” [Oliver Ellsworth] III Connecticut Courant (Hartford), November 19, 1787 Following are excerpts from Oliver Ellsworth’s article in the Connecticut Courant: “A government capable of controling the whole, and bringing its force to a point is one of the prerequisites for national liberty.

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Constitution Sunday: Refutation of the “Federal Farmer”: Timothy Pickering to Charles Tillinghast

Refutation of the “Federal Farmer”: Timothy Pickering to Charles Tillinghast Philadelphia, December 24, 1787 Following are excerpts from Timothy Pickering’s letter to Charles Tillinghast, refuting the “Federal Farmer”: “In respect to the organization of the general government, the federal farmer, as well as other opposers, object to

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Divided Sovereignty

John Adams had strong opinions about federalism. He believed that the government should be structured similarly to the British Empire, given the British Empire’s extraordinary success. At the time of the signing of the Constitution, Adams firmly believed that the Constitution had secured a national government, as opposed to a government dividing its sovereignty into […]

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The Ohio System

Ohio was admitted into the Union in 1803, and it introduced a new political system to the United States. Each county in Ohio had county commissions that each county’s citizens elected, rather than the states of the South and Southwest, who had self-perpetuating commissions. Gordon Wood, Empire of Liberty, 365. Further, each county commission had overlapping […]

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