The Federalist Papers
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One of the most important set of documents at the heart of our nation's birth, The Federalist Papers were first published in early American newspapers between 1787 and 1788. Here the thoughts and hopes behind the United States Constitution were given a voice that was meant to reach every citizen. The term "Federalist" was given to those who wished the Constitution to be ratified, or approved, among the various American states. When it was being sent for ratification, many fierce anti-Federalist arguments were appearing in print for all to read. Alexander Hamilton, wishing to campaign instead for the unification of the country under the Constitution, began to publish the first of what would become eighty-five Federalist "papers" in favor of this momentous decision. Along with his co-authors James Madison and John Jay, Hamilton relied on careful arguments and a prolific pace to keep their cause in print and on the minds of every state. With the Constitution eventually ratified, the papers served their purpose, and to this day serve as a testament of the founding fathers' vision for the American nation.
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To the People of the State of New York:
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. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing ...
Reviewed by misterm on Aug 18, 2010
I finished it with pride, but found it difficult to read. Written in what I would characterize as educated 17Th century legalize.
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