The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers

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Here, in a single volume, is a selection of the classic critiques of the new Constitution penned by such ardent defenders of states' rights and personal liberty as George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Melancton Smith; pro-Constitution writings by James Wilson and Noah Webster; and thirty-three of the best-known and most crucial Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. The texts of the chief constitutional documents of the early Republic are included as well.

David Wootton's illuminating Introduction examines the history of such American principles of government as checks and balances, the separation of powers, representation by election, and judicial independence—including their roots in the largely Scottish, English, and French new science of politics. It also offers suggestions for reading The Federalist, the classic elaboration of these principles written in defense of a new Constitution that sought to apply them to the young Republic.

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An excellent edition of the key writings surrounding the adoption of the American Constitution. The learned Introduction brings to life the key intellectual debates at the heart of modern constitutionalism as well as those concerning the American Constitution. A fine critical edition. --Frederick Rosen, University College London

This is an excellent collection that fills a need--of all the document collections on the founding era, there is no one-volume collection with both Federalist and Anti-Federalist opinions--and none so affordably priced! I look forward to adopting this book in my general U.S. history and advanced U.S. legal history courses. --Christopher Capozzola, History Department, MIT

A very useful, affordable edition of Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings. . . . The introductory essay is beautifully written and offers useful insights. --Margaret Groarke, Manhattan College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449579166
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 766
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wootton is Anniversary Professor of History, University of York.
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Table of Contents

Understanding the Constitution
Suggestions for Further Reading
Notes on the Authors and Texts
The Anti-Federalists
Objections to the Constitution of Government Formed by the Convention 1
Address of the Minority of the Pennsylvania Convention 3
Speech of Patrick Henry before the Virginia Ratifying Convention 25
Speeches of Melancton Smith before the New York Ratifying Convention 42
Letters of Cato (4 and 5) 58
Letters of Centinel (1) 65
Essays of Brutus (6, 11, 12, 15) 74
The Constitution Defended 97
Speech of James Wilson before the Pennsylvania Convention 97
An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution 110
The Federalist 140
No. 1 Introduction 140
No. 2 Concerning the Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence 143
No. 6 Concerning the Dangers from War between the States 147
No. 7 The Subject Continued and Particular Causes Enumerated 152
No. 8 The Effects of Internal War in Producing Standing Armies and Other Institutions Unfriendly to Liberty 158
No. 9 The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard against Domestic Faction and Insurrection 162
No. 10 The Same Subject Continued 167
No. 12 The Utility of the Union in Respect to Revenue 174
No. 14 An Objection Drawn from the Extent of Country Answered 179
No. 15 Concerning the Defects of the Present Confederation in Relation to the Principle of Legislation for the States in Their Collective Capacities 183
No. 16 The Same Subject Continued in Relation to the Same Principle 190
No. 23 The Necessity of a Government at Least Equally Energetic with the One Proposed 195
No. 24 The Subject Continued with an Answer to an Objection Concerning Standing Armies 199
No. 28 The Same Subject Concluded 203
No. 31 [Concerning Taxation]: The Same Subject Continued 207
No. 33 The Same Subject Continued 211
No. 35 The Same Subject Continued 214
No. 37 Concerning the Difficulties Which the Convention Must Have Experienced in the Formation of a Proper Plan 219
No. 39 The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles: An Objection in Respect to the Powers of the Convention Examined 225
No. 47 The Meaning of the Maxim, Which Requires a Separation of the Departments of Power, Examined and Ascertained 231
No. 48 The Same Subject Continued with a View to the Means of Giving Efficacy in Practice to That Maxim 237
No. 49 The Same Subject Continued with the Same View 241
No. 51 The Same Subject Continued with the Same View and Concluded 245
No. 52 Concerning the House of Representatives, with a View to the Qualifications of the Electors and Elected, and the Time of Service of the Members 250
No. 55 The Same Subject Continued in Relation to the Total Number of the Body 254
No. 57 The Same Subject Continued in Relation to the Supposed Tendency of the Plan of the Convention to Elevate the Few above the Many 258
No. 62 Concerning the Constitution of the Senate with Regard to the Qualifications of the Members, the Manner of Appointing Them, the Equality of Representation, the Number of the Senators, and the Duration of Their Appointments 263
No. 63 A Further View of the Constitution of the Senate in Regard to the Duration of Appointment of Its Members 268
No. 70 [Concerning the Constitution of the President]: The Same Subject Continued in Relation to the Unity of the Executive, with an Examination of the Project of an Executive Council 275
No. 78 A View of the Constitution of the Judicial Department in Relation to the Tenure of Good Behavior 283
No. 83 A Further View of the Judicial Department in Relation to the Trial by Jury 289
No. 84 Concerning Several Miscellaneous Objections 301
No. 85 Conclusion 310
The Constitiutional Documents 317
Articles of Confederation 317
The Virginia Plan 324
Constitution of the United States of America 326
Bill of Rights 337
Index 339
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