The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17 1787

The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17 1787

by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
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The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed upon by the Federal Convention, September 17 1787 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

Facsimile reprint of the complete text of the rare first edition in two volumes.

The views of Hamilton, Madison and Jay expressed in this landmark work have had a lasting effect on U.S. Constitutional law. Eighty-five of the essays were almost entirely written by Hamilton and Madison, and probably only five were written by Jay. Most of the individual essays appeared under the collective pseudonym "Publius" in New York newspapers and journals from October 27, 1787 to early June 1788.

The first edition was published anonymously and printed by the M'Lean brothers, who collected and published the first 36 essays as Volume I in March, 1788, with the final 49 essays in Volume II in May of the same year, along with the text of the Constitution. The essays were intended to encourage ratification of the proposed constitution by New York State, but were immediately recognized as the most compelling commentary on the most radical form of government the world had seen. Hamilton's essays especially express a strong concern for the rights of property over the natural rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," as outlined by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.

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ISBN-13: 9781584772040
Publisher: Lawbook Exchange, Limited, The
Publication date: 12/01/2001
Edition description: FAC
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Federalist (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
Conservative More than 1 year ago
This book is perfect for gaining an understanding of the Constitution and other related documents, as well as putting them into their original perspective!

While there are people who will complain of the book's writing being rather dry, the reader must keep in mind this is the actual prose in the days of Hamilton, Madison, and James -- as opposed to the writing style of today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was difficult to understand at the beginning due to the old fashioned language, but it was such an educational experience. It's nice to know what our founding fathers thought and believed, and how they thought our government should run. Every American citizen should read this because it gives insight into our government, which everyone should be educated about so they make good decisions. This was a fascinating book.
usafbrat More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic journey! I'm quite disappointed that I wasn't required to read any of these papers in high school, as well as not having the opportunity to read it any while in college. I definitely was able to see exactly what the founding fathers' intentions were in the development of our constitution. Definitely a must read for everyone to understand why we have the rights we have today.
AmominIllinois More than 1 year ago
A difficult read but afterwards you will realize how far off the reservation our government is in comparison to what our founders envisioned
Guest More than 1 year ago
My personal perspective is that if you are a serious student of American history, you must try to read 'The Federalist' just because it is there to be read. The 18th century writing style is not scintillating and I have spent weeks trudging through the text. When done however, I believe I will have a much firmer idea of what the founding fathers were thinking and why.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Written by our Founding Fathers to explain why we needed the Constitution. It should be mandatory reading for all high school and college students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my rp results is THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fairly good story with interesting twistd
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A wonderful lesson of American political thought from a time that sadly faded.
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