The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

by Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

by Alexander Hamilton


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This seminal collection, written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the pseudonym 'Publius, ' was a crucial element in the ratification of the United States Constitution. The essays offer profound insights into the motivations and fears of the Founding Fathers, providing readers with a rare glimpse into the intellectual framework that underpins the U.S. political system.

The book brilliantly positions the need for a strong, yet balanced federal government against the backdrop of post-Revolutionary War America, a time rife with political uncertainty and division. Through persuasive arguments, the authors address concerns about federal power, illuminating the complexities of designing a government that remains both empowered and in check. The thematic richness of these essays extends to discussions on liberty, governance, and human nature, making them timeless in their relevance.

"The Federalist Papers" is more than a historical document; it is a profound exploration of governance and human nature. Its enduring significance lies in its ability to provoke thought about the principles and challenges of democratic government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781396325120
Publisher: Left of Brain Books
Publication date: 02/23/2024
Pages: 514
Sales rank: 524,350
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was an American statesman, legal scholar, military leader, lawyer, and economist. After serving as a senior aide to General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War, Hamilton practiced law and founded the Bank of New York. As the need to replace the confederal government became apparent, Hamilton advocated for a Constitutional Convention to be held in Philadelphia. Following the convention, Hamilton wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers, essays and articles intended to promote the ratification of the new Constitution. He then served as head of the Treasury Department under President Washington, later campaigning for Thomas Jefferson’s presidential nomination. In 1804, following a dispute, Hamilton was killed in a duel by politician and lawyer Aaron Burr.

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Table of Contents

Chronology of the Lives of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jayxxi
Historical Context of The Federalist Papersxxv
The Federalist1
The Constitution of the United States631
Interpretive Notes677
Critical Excerpts684
Questions for Discussion699
Suggestions for the Interested Reader701
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