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Which Framer of the Constitution argued that factions were evils that had to be eradicated from society?

a. Alexander Hamilton
b. John Adams
c. John Hancock
d. James Madison

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 2532, The debate over factions
James Madison thought the Constitution would limit the effects of factions; Alexander Hamilton thought factions were an evil to be eliminated from society.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2531, Arguments against judicial review
Not everyone agreed with the concept of judicial review. This episodes examines some of their arguments.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2530, Judicial review
Today we define what judicial review means.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2529, Marbury v. Madison
Today: the seminal Supreme Court case of Marbury v. Madison.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2528, Judiciary Act of 1789
The Judiciary Act of 1789 defined the federal judiciary.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2527, Caution over changing the Constitution
The Framers were cautious about changing the body of the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2526, Arguments for a bill of rights
Jefferson, Washington, and Madison made convincing arguments for a bill of rights.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2525, Arguments for a bill of rights
There were many persuasive arguments for a bill of rights, but adoption of the U.S. Bill of Rights would have to wait until after ratification.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2524, Prohibition and its repeal
Prohibition was a short-lived experiment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2523, More amendments
Did you know that a Supreme Court decision once barred Congress from levying an income tax? It was overturned by the sixteenth amendment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2522, Fundamental changes
The Civil War Amendments and amendments that increased direct participation by citizens fundamentally changed the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2521, The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights was proposed with 12 amendments; only 10 survived to become the Bill of Rights. One of the 12 became the Twenty-seventh Amendment.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2520, Twenty-seven amendments
More than 11,000 amendments to the Constitution have been formally proposed, but only 27 have been adopted.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2519, How to amend the Constitution
Amendments to the Constitution must be ratified either by state legislatures or special state conventions.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2518, Amending the Constitution
The Framers knew from the beginning that the Constitution would have to be amended.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2517, A raucous ratification
Politics was far from genteel in the colonial era.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2516, The Constitution is ratified!
Learn about the rough road to ratification of the Constitution on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2515, The road to ratification
The Federalists struck a deal with the Anti-Federalists that saved the Constitution.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2514, Protections of rights under the Constitution
The Federalists fought hard to defend the Constitution against Anti-Federalist criticisms.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2513, Is the Constitution too complicated?
Is the government created by the Constitution too complicated to get anything done? Madison argued that it was just complicated enough.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2512, The best way to promote republicanism
The Federalists made many arguments to support their position.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2511, The Constitution would not rely on civic virtue
If civic virtue of citizens does not guarantee rights, what will? The Federalists thought they had the answer.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2510, Civic virtue cannot be relied upon
Is civic virtue enough to allow a republic to survive? The Federalists said it wasn't.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2509, Survival in a large republic
How could democracy survive in a large, diverse nation? James Madison thought he knew the answer.
60-Second Civics: Episode 2508, Federalist 10
In Federalist 10, James Madison turned classical republican arguments on their heads.