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The Federalist Papers (1788)

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

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The Federalist represents one side of one of the most momentous political debates ever conducted: whether to ratify, or to reject, the newly-drafted American constitution. To understand the debate properly requires attention to opposing Antifederalist arguments against the Constitution, and this new and authoritative student-friendly edition presents in full all eighty-five Federalist papers written by the pseudonymous 'Publius' (Hamilton, Madison, and Jay), along with the sixteen letters of 'Brutus', the prominent but still unknown New York Antifederalist who was Publius's most formidable foe. Each is systematically cross-referenced to the other, and both to the appended Articles of Confederation and US Constitution, making the reader acutely aware of the cut-and-thrust of debate in progress. The distinguished political theorist Terence Ball provides all of the standard series editorial features, including brief biographies and notes for further reading, making this the most accessible rendition ever of a classic of political thought in action.… (more)
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Intr. by Edward Mead Earle. Bibliography: p. xxii. Includes index.
  TorontoOratorySPN | Sep 2, 2022 |
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  laplantelibrary | Mar 30, 2022 |
Who will guard the guardians? Our founding fathers wrestled with this question.
  siow | Mar 8, 2022 |
Incredible mixture of logic and intense persuasion. While I don't agree with everything (slavery, after all) I admire this marvelous feat. They really know their audience and their history. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
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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.
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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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The Federalist represents one side of one of the most momentous political debates ever conducted: whether to ratify, or to reject, the newly-drafted American constitution. To understand the debate properly requires attention to opposing Antifederalist arguments against the Constitution, and this new and authoritative student-friendly edition presents in full all eighty-five Federalist papers written by the pseudonymous 'Publius' (Hamilton, Madison, and Jay), along with the sixteen letters of 'Brutus', the prominent but still unknown New York Antifederalist who was Publius's most formidable foe. Each is systematically cross-referenced to the other, and both to the appended Articles of Confederation and US Constitution, making the reader acutely aware of the cut-and-thrust of debate in progress. The distinguished political theorist Terence Ball provides all of the standard series editorial features, including brief biographies and notes for further reading, making this the most accessible rendition ever of a classic of political thought in action.

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