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The Federalist

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The Federalist is the fundamental commentary on the United States Constitution. Originally written under the shared pseudonym of "Publius" as a series of essays in support of the ratification of the Constitution, it is key to understanding the Founders' original intent for the Constitution.

This reprint of the Gideon edition of 1818 contains corrections by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay. Several other helpful additions include:

  • An extensive introduction by the editors;
  • A Reader's Guide that outlines the arguments of the essays in The Federalist;
  • The original preface to the Gideon edition;
  • Eighty-five essays by Hamilton (51), Madison (29), and Jay (5);
  • A glossary;
  • Ten appendixes that include such important documents as the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Proceedings of the Annapolis Convention; and
  • The Constitution of the United States and Amendments with marginal cross-references to pertinent references in The Federalist.

If you want to appreciate the meaning of the original Constitution and the intent of the Constitutional Convention, it is crucial that you read the arguments found in these essays. James Madison is rightfully called the Father of the Constitution for his influence on the writing of the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton was also a participant at the convention and, although not as influential as Madison, was quite knowledgeable about the Constitution. Although John Jay was not a member of the Constitutional Convention, he was an experienced statesman, having served in important governmental positions under the Articles of Confederation.

Subject: Government
Suggested Grade: 8th - Adult
Authors: Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, & James Madison (George W. Carey & James McClellan, eds.)
Copyright: 2001
Softbound: 565 pages
ISBN: 978-0-86597-289-6

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  1. Excellent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 04/05/2012

    I read this book some time ago, and now my son is reading it. It is a great book for everybody, especially for students interested in law and the government.

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