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The Federalist Papers (1788)

by Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Hacker, John Jay (Author), James Madison (Author), Publius

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It was most enlightening to read some of the Right's favorite quotes in context. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
"... with respect to the Federalist, the three authors had been named to me. I read it with care, pleasure & improvement, and was satisfied there was nothing in it by one of those hands, & not a great deal by a second. It does the highest honor to the third, as being, in my opinion, the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written. In some parts it is discoverable that the author means only to say what may be best said in defence of opinions in which he did not concur. But in general it establishes firmly the plan of government. I confess it has rectified me in several points ..." — Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 18 November 1788

" ... descending from theory to practice: there is no better book than the Federalist ... ” — Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 30 May 1790

[One of the books that] “would furnish the principles of our constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Priestley, 29 November 1802
1 vote ThomasJefferson | Aug 5, 2016 |
"... with respect to the Federalist, the three authors had been named to me. I read it with care, pleasure & improvement, and was satisfied there was nothing in it by one of those hands, & not a great deal by a second. It does the highest honor to the third, as being, in my opinion, the best commentary on the principles of government which was ever written. In some parts it is discoverable that the author means only to say what may be best said in defence of opinions in which he did not concur. But in general it establishes firmly the plan of government. I confess it has rectified me in several points ..." — Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 18 November 1788

" ... descending from theory to practice: there is no better book than the Federalist ... ” — Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph, 30 May 1790

[One of the books that] “would furnish the principles of our constitution.” — Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Priestley, 29 November 1802
1 vote ThomasJefferson | Jun 27, 2016 |
I stopped listening to this audiobook ~40% in as I was just not finding myself interested.
  leslie.98 | Apr 26, 2016 |
The Federalist Papers are a series of essays written to help convince voters in New York to ratify the US Constitution. The authors explain the components of the Constitution, list its benefits, and address common criticisms of it. The Federalist Papers are an important part of American history because without them, the Constitution may not have been ratified by enough states to make it the law of the land.

It's not exactly riveting reading, but I didn't find it too hard to get through, although it did have its tough moments. The essays were well written, and I kept wondering what the response would be if this kind of text was written for or against some of the more controversial laws on the table today. However, I wasn't totally convinced by all of Hamilton's arguments, especially when he kept justifying parts of the Constitution by listing the states that had similar clauses in their individual constitutions (just because everyone else is doing it doesn't necessarily make it right). Overall, it was well worth reading, but I'm glad to be done with it. It's the type of book that is best read a little at a time with other books in between. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Hamilton, AlexanderAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hacker, Andrewmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Jay, JohnAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Madison, JamesAuthormain 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, IsaacEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kramnick, IsaacIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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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