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The Founding Fathers of the United States of America were political leaders and statesmen who participated in the American Revolution and helped found the United States of America.

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What is the meaning of “qualified connection” in Federalist No. 51 by James Madison?

In the sixth paragraph of Federalist No.51, James Madison wrote, But it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority ...
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Origin of John Adams quote [closed]

What is the origin of John Adams' quote: the rights of Englishmen are derived from God, not from king or Parliament, and would be secured by the study of history, law, and tradition. In other words, ...
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What exactly does Thomas Paine mean in this line of Common Sense?

In Common Sense, Paine first summarises the components of the English Constitution: First. - The remains of monarchical tyranny in the person of the king Secondly. - The remains of aristocratical ...
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When the founding fathers of the USA added Freedom of Religion, were there any religions in North America that killed in the name of religion?

Many of the people who came to North America in the first place came to avoid religious persecution. This being the case; at the time the founding fathers added Freedom of Religion to the ...
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Why was the Electoral College the system selected by the founding fathers?

What advantages did the founding fathers see in electoral college that made them pick it over other potential voting systems?
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Is there any document (letter, quote) linked to the Founding Fathers that indicates their support for an inheritance tax?

I recently had someone make the claim that several of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution would have likely agreed with an estate or inheritance tax. This theory was backed up by a few quotes from ...
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What compromises were forged or brokered by Benjamin Franklin in the US constitution that would be considered "tragic" by historian Ken Burns?

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's April 2, 2022 Ken Burns Was Watching "Homeland" When He Realized Mandy Patinkin Should Be His Ben Franklin begins with noted historian and documentarian ...
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Is Thomas Paine, the political philosopher considered a founding father or not? [closed]

I have read he is widely considered one, whereas he isn't included with the greats. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Founding-Fathers
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What did the framers have to say about the idea of a self pardon?

Did they not explicitly state in the Constitution that it isn’t allowed because they thought it was ok or because the idea of that happening was too ridiculous to warrant their attention?
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Is Mohammad Ali Jinnah the "Father of the Nation" of Pakistan?

Wikipedia link says: He is revered in Pakistan as Quaid-i-Azam ("Great Leader") and Baba-i-Qaum, ("Father of the Nation"). His birthday is a national holiday in Pakistan. Is Baba-...
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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

In his 1870 work "No Treason" - Lysander Spooner writes: “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we ...
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Were there mechanisms for discouraging parties ("factions") proposed by US founding fathers?

It's a well known fact that, when US Founding fathers were setting up our polytical system, they did NOT build in the ideas of political parties. More specifically, both Washington and Madison didn't ...
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Did any founding father endorse unicameralism or at least bring up concerns about the deadlock risks of bicameralism?

Overall, the founding fathers of the United States supported bicameralism; after all that's what we actually have today. However, no body of august statesmen and scholars all agree on anything, so: ...