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The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton

The Federalist Papers (1788)

by Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Hacker, John Jay, James Madison, Publius

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Worth reading as a historical document. The essays light on some constitutional articles that seemed more important to the founders than they turned out to be: neither the clause guaranteeing republican government to the states, nor the clause giving Congress the ultimate power to regulate federal elections, have been deployed as rigorously as they might have been in protection of voting rights or against gerrymandering. While the authors had ancient and early modern history to draw on, as well as the writings of Montesquieu, they naturally failed to foresee many dangers to the Republic, in particular those from the current excesses of party attachment, campaign spending, and power of mass propaganda. It's also worth noting that the proposed Constitution was strictly unconstitutional under the Articles of Confederation, which required Congressional and unanimous state assent to amend it, rather than the assent of 9 out of 13 states that the Constitution itself states were required for its ratification.
  wa233 | Oct 26, 2018 |
Essential reading. ( )
  nittnut | Aug 30, 2018 |
I have a large collection of historical books that are considered either 'classics' or are just informational texts to inform us more of history (or to provide context, etc. etc). This is just one of those! Plus it's Alexander Hamilton and he doesn't really need a review. ( )
  justagirlwithabook | Jul 31, 2018 |
This was the most difficult book I have ever read. It got to the point where I loathed the idea of having to open it back up again and continue. In terms of my enjoyment, this was a 2 star read. I rated it 3 stars because as much as I disliked the hours I spent going through it, I understand the contribution these essays made toward the ratification of the Constitution and how they shaped the ideas of government for generations. With that said, they were incredibly hard to follow and unless you were directly mired in the debate at the time, most of these essays argued in favor of the more obscure issues in the Constitution. As a teacher of early American History, I am glad to have read through all of these. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
It was most enlightening to read some of the Right's favorite quotes in context. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Alexander Hamiltonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hacker, Andrewmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jay, Johnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Madison, Jamesmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Publiusmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ashley, W.J.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berstein, R. B.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blaisdell, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, George W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooke, Jacob E.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Earle, Edward MeadeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fairfield, Roy P.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferguson, Robert A.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gideon, JacobPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kesler, Charles R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramnick, IsaacIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramnick, IsaacEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McClellan, JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pole, J.R.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossiter, ClintonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sparks, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, Kathleen M.Forewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trumbull, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Doren, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, Benjamin FletcherEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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After an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting Federal Government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America.
But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controuls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men; the great difficult lies in this: You must first enable the government to controul the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to controul itself. (Madison: No. 51)
Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates; every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob. (Madison: No. 55)
If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the Legislature as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate anything but liberty. (Madison: No. 57)
Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. (Hamilton: No. 8)
. . . there is in the nature of sovereign power an impatience of control that disposes those who are invested with the exercise of it to look with an evil eye upon all external attempts to restrain or direct its operations. (Hamilton: No. 15)
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"This country and this people seem to have been made for each other, and it appears as if it was the design of Providence, that an inheritance so proper and convenient for a band of brethren ... should never be split into a number of unsocial, jealous, and alien sovereignties." So wrote John Jay, one of the revolutionary authors of The Federalist Papers, arguing that if the United States was truly to be a single nation, its leaders would have to agree on universally binding rules of governance--in short, a constitution. In a brilliant set of essays, Jay and his colleagues Alexander Hamilton and James Madison explored in minute detail the implications of establishing a kind of rule that would engage as many citizens as possible and that would include a system of checks and balances. Their arguments proved successful in the end, and The Federalist Papers stand as key documents in the founding of the United States.

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Three early American statesmen defend the political principles and ideologies set forth in the Constitution of the United States, in a new edition of the classic, which is accompanied by a selected bibliography, historical glossary, new introduction, andother resource material.… (more)

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