CliffsNotes on The Federalist

CliffsNotes on The Federalist

CliffsNotes on The Federalist

CliffsNotes on The Federalist

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After the Declaration of Independence in 1776 the states were virtually self-governing. The Articles of Confederation were not effective until ratified by all states, and ratification was not final until 1781. Put together in a hurry at a time of acute crisis, the Articles of Confederation left much to be desired. After suffering the tyranny of King George III and his ministers, the central government was purposely left weak. National power, such as it was, resided in an elected Continental Congress, which met at least once a year. In the Congress each state, whether large or small, had an equal vote (one vote). Each state could send no more than seven nor less than two representatives to Congress, but the delegation voted as a unit after a caucus of its members to determine the views of the majority.

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