The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers Author Alexander Hamilton
ISBN-10 1508481547
ISBN-13 9781508481546
Year 2015-02-14
Pages 274
Language English
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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The Federalist later known as The Federalist Papers is a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution Seventy seven were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October 1787 and August 1788 A compilation of these and eight others called The Federalist or The New Constitution was published in two volumes in 1788 by J and A McLean The collection s original title was The Federalist the title The Federalist Papers did not emerge until the 20th century Though the authors of The Federalist Papers foremost wished to influence the vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution in Federalist No 1 they explicitly set that debate in broader political terms It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country by their conduct and example to decide the important question whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force There are many highlights among the essays of The Federalist Federalist No 10 in which Madison discusses the means of preventing rule by majority faction and advocates a large commercial republic is generally regarded as the most important of the 85 articles from a philosophical perspective it is complemented by Federalist No 14 in which Madison takes the measure of the United States declares it appropriate for an extended republic and concludes with a memorable defense of the constitutional and political creativity of the Federal Convention In Federalist No 84 Hamilton makes the case that there is no need to amend the Constitution by adding a Bill of Rights insisting that the various provisions in the proposed Constitution protecting liberty amount to a bill of rights Federalist No 78 also written by Hamilton lays the groundwork for the doctrine of judicial review by federal courts of federal legislation or executive acts Federalist No 70 presents Hamilton s case for a one man chief executive In Federalist No 39 Madison presents the clearest exposition of what has come to be called Federalism In Federalist No 51 Madison distills arguments for checks and balances in an essay often quoted for its justification of government as the greatest of all reflections on human nature

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