The Federalist Papers: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution

The Federalist Papers: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution

by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
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The Federalist Papers: A Collection of Essays Written in Favour of the New Constitution by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

The Federalist Papers are a collection of eighty-five articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in favor of ratifying the United States Constitution. First appearing in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers, this collective body of work is widely considered to be among the most important historical collections of all time. Although the authors of The Federalist Papers foremost intended to influence the vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution, in Federalist No. 1 Hamilton explicitly set their debate in broader political terms. "It has been frequently remarked," he wrote, "that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force."

Among the many highlights of these acclaimed essays is Federalist No. 10, in which Madison discusses the means of preventing rule by majority faction and advocates for a large, commercial republic. This is generally regarded as the most important of the eighty-five essays from a philosophical perspective, and it is complemented by Federalist No. 14, in which Madison takes the measure of the United States, declares it appropriate for an extended republic, and concludes with a memorable defense of the Constitution. In Federalist No. 70, Hamilton advocates for a one-man chief executive, and in Federalist No. 78 he persuasively lays the groundwork for the doctrine of judicial review by federal courts.

Though centuries old, these timeless essays remain the benchmark of American political philosophy. As eloquently stated by famed historian Richard B. Morris, The Federalist Papers serve as an "incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer."

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ISBN-13: 9780692528310
Publisher: Coventry House Publishing
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 442
Sales rank: 86,634
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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grannysmith More than 1 year ago
This should be taught in the elementary schools. Every citizen should have a copy for reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection is a must for those who want to know the intention of our founders Constitution and Country.
idi More than 1 year ago
one of the most important pieces of info leading to understanding the constitution and the founding of our country !
orwell41 More than 1 year ago
An essential document for understanding the creation of our basic document, the Constiution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Federalist Papers are as timely today as they were when they were written. Historical context is essential to an understanding of our Constitution and to understanding why the Constitution is still relevant today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work combines many of the critical founding documents into a one stop source for reading. It's well worth the 99 cents for the ability to cross reference items within the same text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason, this does not work very well for either my nook simple touch or my nook tablet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its Very sad that the last ten or so pages do not open! Fix it!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Listen to "say no to this" from Hamilton: an American musical. It describes this book perfectly.
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The words found here are for three kinds of people: those who know why they love America, those who need to be reminded why they love America, and those who need to be convinced. The editor of this book should be fired.
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Last 10 or so pages missing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.