Federalist No. 26

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Alexander Hamilton

Federalist No. 26, authored by Alexander Hamilton under the pen name Publius, is the twenty sixth of 85 essays. Titled "The Idea of Restraining the Legislative Authority in Regard to the Common Defense Considered", Hamilton points to English history in his discussion of why a standing army is necessary to protect the United States from foreign invasion. He wrote that while some limitations on government are necessary, the government must have full vigor to defend the people of the country.

It was published on December 22, 1787.


In the paper Hamilton references the Norman Conquest (See Battle of Hastings) and the tyranny that the English people faced until they were finally triumphant in 1688 at restoring Liberty.

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