The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers

The Essential Federalist and Anti Federalist Papers Here in a single volume is a selection of the classic critiques of the new Constitution penned by such ardent defenders of states rights and personal liberty as George Mason Patrick Henry and Mela

  • Title: The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Author: Alexander Hamilton James Madison John Jay David Wootton
  • ISBN: 9780872206557
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here, in a single volume, is a selection of the classic critiques of the new Constitution penned by such ardent defenders of states rights and personal liberty as George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Melancton Smith pro Constitution writings by James Wilson and Noah Webster and thirty three of the best known and most crucial Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James MaHere, in a single volume, is a selection of the classic critiques of the new Constitution penned by such ardent defenders of states rights and personal liberty as George Mason, Patrick Henry, and Melancton Smith pro Constitution writings by James Wilson and Noah Webster and thirty three of the best known and most crucial Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay The texts of the chief constitutional documents of the early Republic are included as well.David Wootton s illuminating Introduction examines the history of such American principles of government as checks and balances, the separation of powers, representation by election, and judicial independence including their roots in the largely Scottish, English, and French new science of politics It also offers suggestions for reading The Federalist, the classic elaboration of these principles written in defense of a new Constitution that sought to apply them to the young Republic.

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    1. My grandmothers gained the right to vote in 1920. One died in 1946, and one in 1947 and the voted in every election they were qualified to do so.

    2. First its a tough read when you know who's going to win the argument. Then theres all the inside baseball discussions and the Anti's complaining about everything: the terms of the pols are too short, they're too long, they should be forced out, they should stay in, the judicial branch is too weak, the judicial branch is too strong, the President will be the Senate's puppet, the President will be a tyrannical king, and hey where's the bill of rights.It's a miracle the Constitution ever passed. Af [...]

    3. Even a general search for meaning in the US constitution is not complete without reading the arguments for or against its ratification. As I listen to individuals argue various constitutional issues (such as the 2nd ammendment) I always have to ask if they've read these papers. It seems that very few have. It's sad that in a pivotal time of collosal issues that face America that our citizens have such a shaky understanding of the fundamental laws that undergird all our legislative questions. Rea [...]

    4. This is a good compilation of the more important Federalist Papers with some writings against adoption of the Constitution. I was struck by some of the common themes against: that it would lead to a government solely by and for elites, that the VP has nothing to do, that the VP would have a big influence in the Senate, and so on.

    5. Boring? No, not boring when thought about as history in the making! I am fascinated by my countries founding fathers and how it all came about to put this country on it's road to greatness! Dry? Perhaps yes dry reading I'll give in to that! However I'm Happy that I read this!

    6. I turned to this book during a final collegiate research project on the subject inequality. Wonderful piece of work and amazing insight into the works and minds of those for and against the US Constitution.

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