The authors of the Federalist Papers wrote 85 essays to convince the American public why the Constitution would help the country grow and create an effective national government. In each essay, they made one or more arguments in favor of the Constitution and they supported their arguments with facts and reasons. For example, in Federalist No. 10 James Madison argues that factions (groups of people with different political goals and opinions) can be dangerous to a country, but that a strong central government would be better able to protect against factions than smaller republics, like state governments. To support his arguments, he describes how popular sovereignty and a large republic would serve as protections against factions and would result in a wider range of more qualified political candidates. His arguments, as well as others’, helped convince the states to ratify the U.S. Constitution, which shaped the government of the nation.
For this assignment, choose a position based on the court case Schenck v. United States; do you agree or disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision? Are there times when certain freedoms should be limited for the greater good? Why or why not?