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Pros And Cons Of Federalism

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The Untied States of America is a country built on freedom, and the writers of the constitution made sure that this was guaranteed to all U.S citizens in our constitution. After the colonial Army won the Revolutionary war, a constitution called the Articles of Confederation was put into place, but it had many problems within it. Because of these problems a constitutional convention was called in 1787 to revise these articles, but instead an entirely new constitution was written. At the constitutional convention, a group called the anti-federalists opposed the constitution because they wanted to keep state sovereignty and limit the federal government. Another group called the federalists wanted to ratify the constitution because they believed that a stronger federal government was necessary for the new nation. Although some may say that the new constitution did not protect against tyranny, through a system of federalism, separation of powers and checks and balances the United States constitution prevented any form of tyranny.

Federalism helps prevent against tyranny because it shares the powers between the states and the federal government. Federalism is a system in which the state and the government share the power in order to keep one from becoming more powerful then the other. “In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments [state and federal], and the portion allotted to each subdivided among
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