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Noah Webster

After producing a speller for young students, Noah Webster was faced with the challenge in 1782 of obtaining copyright protection in America. Since at that time, the national government had no policy on copyrights, he had to deal with 13 separate states. The experience led him to believe in the need for a strong, central government.

Webster published "A Collection of Essays and Fugitiv Writings" in 1790. One of these, written in 1786, expanded on his views on the need for a strong central government:

In the first place, the weakness of our federal government is the devil. It prevents the adoption of any measures that are requisite for us as a nation; it keeps us from paying our honest debts; it also throws out of our power all the profits of commerce, and this drains us of cash. Is not this the devil? Yes, my countrymen, an empty purse is the devil.

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Quotes by Noah Webster.

Regarding Education
The institution of schools, particularly in the New England states, where the poorest children are instructed in reading, writing, and arithmetic at the public expense, is a noble regulation, calculated to dignify the human species.
Regarding Standing Army
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.
An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution, 1787

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