Framing And Ratifying The Constitution

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2. Framing and Ratifying the Constitution
Before the publication of Federalist, Hamilton attended the Annapolis Convention and returned disgruntled. The failures of the Articles of Confederation were evident, yet none of the delegates in attendance proposed worthwhile replacements, frustrating Hamilton. The product of his frustration was Plan For Government. Consisting of eleven points marked by roman numerals, Hamilton outlines the beginning of an American democracy. While none of the systems from Plan for Government make it into the Constitution or are implemented in any way, there are themes that are still prevalent in government today. Hamilton’s outline of government is for the people, but by the elite (Plan for Government). The
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The conflict he fears is between Federalists and Antifederalists over the presence of a central, federal government or a more fractionated state government (Fears of Civil War, 485-6). This gut fear of Hamilton’s comes true, only it happens sixty years later, with different party names, and more racial tension. Though this is a private correspondence of Hamilton’s and not made public in his lifetime, his writing shows political insight that was unparalleled. Hamilton gained most of his opponents, including Thomas Jefferson, due to a combination of his lack of background and his flamboyant character.
Now that the Constitution has passed and the nation was looking for it’s first President, Hamilton was focused on establishing George Washington as the nation’s first President which we get a glimpse into from the letters Convincing Washington to Serve and Presidential Etiquette addressed to Washington from Hamilton. Washington, not one to volunteer for the spotlight, takes some urging from Hamilton’s persuasive writing to agree to run for office as the first president of the United States. This is another instance where Hamilton’s personal writings showcase his political intellect. In this case, it results in the nation’s first president, who in turn leaves a great legacy behind (Convincing Washington to Serve). In Presidential
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