The Federalist Papers
Defense for the Judiciary: Hamilton's Stance in Federalist Papers 80, 81, and Others College
In writing the Constitution, very little was said by the founders about the judiciary branch, the powers of the Supreme Court, or the functions of law in general. To explain and provide detail to the broad statements presented in the Constitution on the subject, Alexander Hamilton created Federalist Papers 80, 81, 83, and 84. These four articles not only provided ample discussion about the exact workings of the judiciary, but served as a persuasive piece to defend the ideas presented in the Constitution, which had yet to be ratified. Hamilton was able to analyze the four sentences that make up Section III, Article II of the Constitution and create a lively discourse for the establishment of the Supreme Court, the checks on the Court, and the discussion about trial by jury, all while maintaining a passion and promotion for the single most influential document in american history.
Alexander Hamilton opens Federalist paper 80 with his argument for Congress’s format of the Judicial branch of government by defending the belief that a national judicial authority is a necessity for the success and security of the nation. The need stems from the idea that there must be a final voice in all legal disputes, or as Hamilton phrases it, “...
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