The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

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The Federalist Papers is a collection of political essays, three United States Founding Fathers intelligently and forcefully advocate the ratification of what became this country’s supreme law.

Written by the iconic American statesman, Alexander Hamilton, the original US chief justice, John Jay, and “Father of the Constitution”, James Madison, this compilation of eighty-five articles explains and defends the ideals behind the highest form of law in the United States.

These essays were published anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788, and they foresaw many of the headline-grabbing issues surrounding impeachment, corruption, bureaucracy, and regulation that we read about today. Hailed by Thomas Jefferson as the best commentary ever written on the principles of government,  The Federalist Papers is now available in an elegantly designed clothbound edition with an elastic closure and a new introduction.

Revolutionary classics of political philosophy, these articles are essential reading for students, lawyers, politicians, and anyone with an interest in the formation of societies. 

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ISBN-13: 9780736639446
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/1988
Edition description: Unabridged, 6 Cassettes

About the Author

Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804), now immortalized in the eponymous Broadway musical, was an American Founding Father and an influential interpreter and promoter of the US Constitution. As the original US Treasury Secretary, he was the main author of George Washington’s economic policies, founding the nation's financial system. Mobilizing a nationwide network of friends of the government, especially bankers and businessmen, he went on to establish the Federalist Party, the US Coast Guard, and  The New York Post. Hamilton was active in ending the international slave trade and died after a duel with the US Vice President Aaron Burr.

James Madison (1751–1836) was the fourth US President and is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the supreme law of the United States, including the Bill of Rights. As Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of State, he supervised the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the nation's size. Madison succeeded Jefferson as President in 1809, was re-elected in 1813, and presided over renewed prosperity for several years. 

John Jay (1745–1829) was the first Chief Justice of the United States. During and after the American Revolution, he was the US ambassador to Spain, a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris by which Great Britain recognized American independence, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs. His major diplomatic achievement was the 1794 Treaty of London, in which favorable trade terms with Great Britain were negotiated. As a leader of the Federalist Party, Jay became governor of New York state, where he was the leading opponent of slavery. By signing the 1799 “Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery" into law, he granted all slaves in New York freedom by the year 1827.

Andrew S. Trees earned a Ph.D. in American history and an M.A. in literature from the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character as well as two novels, Academy X and Club Rules.

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Table of Contents

Note on the Text
Synopsis of The Federalist Papers
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Events 1763-1791
Map of the United States c.1789
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States (1787 and 1791)
Explanatory Notes
Thematic Index

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grannysmith More than 1 year ago
This should be taught in the elementary schools. Every citizen should have a copy for reference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection is a must for those who want to know the intention of our founders Constitution and Country.
idi More than 1 year ago
one of the most important pieces of info leading to understanding the constitution and the founding of our country !
orwell41 More than 1 year ago
An essential document for understanding the creation of our basic document, the Constiution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Federalist Papers are as timely today as they were when they were written. Historical context is essential to an understanding of our Constitution and to understanding why the Constitution is still relevant today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This work combines many of the critical founding documents into a one stop source for reading. It's well worth the 99 cents for the ability to cross reference items within the same text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason, this does not work very well for either my nook simple touch or my nook tablet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its Very sad that the last ten or so pages do not open! Fix it!!!!
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Understand how the founding fathers thought.
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The words found here are for three kinds of people: those who know why they love America, those who need to be reminded why they love America, and those who need to be convinced. The editor of this book should be fired.
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Last 10 or so pages missing!
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A must read.
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This should be required reading for all Americans. It is important for us to know why our Constitution was formed in the way it was, as this will lead to us being able to have informed conversations on the topics affecting us today.