Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

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Federalists

JAMES MADISON, “FEDERALIST 10”

Among the numerous advantages promised by a well-constructed Union,
none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break
and control the violence of faction.… Complaints are everywhere heard from
our most considerate and virtuous citizens,… that our governments are too
unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties,
and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice
and the right of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and
overbearing majority.

… that the most common and durable source of factions [party rivalry] has
been the various and unequal distribution of property. Those who hold and
those who are without property have ever formed distinct interests in society.
Those who are creditors and those who are debtors, fall under a like discrimi-
nation. A landed interest, a moneyed interest, with many lesser interests, grow
up of necessity in civilized nations, and divide them into different classes actu-
ated by different sentiments and views. The regulation of these various and in-
terfering interests forms the principal task of modern legislation, and involves
the spirit of party and faction in the necessary and ordinary operations of the
government.…

… it may be concluded that a pure democracy … can admit of no cure for
the mischief of faction.… A republic … promises the cure for which we are
seeking.…

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