Federalist No. 37

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James Madison

Federalist No. 37, authored by James Madison under the pen name Publius, is the thirty seventh of 85 essays. Titled "Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government", Madison writes about many of the challenges that the Founders faced at the Philadelphia Convention.

Overall, the largest challenge was trying to create a government that was energetic enough to complete the functions that it is supposed to do, but at the same time keeping it in a box so as to not become a threat to the people's Liberty. They sought a stable government, based on the Republican form – not a democracy, which utilized strong separations of power as an important feature.

It was published on January 11, 1788.

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