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Great Debate: Advocates and Opponents of the American Constitution

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Lectures: Significance and Historical Content, Classical Republicanism, The Anit-Federalists' Republican Vision, The Argument over National Security, The Deep Difficulties in Each Position, Debating the Meaning of "Federalism", The Madisonian Republic, The Argument over Representation, Disputing Seperation of Powers part 1, Disputing Seperation of Powers part 2, The Suprem ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published January 28th 2007 by Teaching Company, LLC, The (first published 2007)
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Clif Hostetler
I was a member of a book group that decided to read and discuss the book "The Federalist Papers" for our December 2011 meeting. The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 essays written in 1787 and 1788 to promote the ratification of the United States Constitution. It's the equivalent of reading a 600 paged legal brief written by an 18th century lawyer. Actually, that's exactly what it is. Therefore, it's not an easy read for a 21st century reader, or at least I didn't experience it as an easy rea ...more
Yasser Mohammad
Very good exposition of the intricate debates between federalists and anti-federalists.
Even though the main problems were specific to the american situation at the time of foundation, still many of the points raised are of extreme importance for any political system (e.g. democracy and effective government, dynamics of power distribution in the system, the meaning of representation and limits of each wing in the government, the role of the judiciary branch and its relation to other parts of the
Possibly my favorite "Great Courses" lecture.
T. A.
I can not express how amazing this is. EVERY American should read this regardless of political affiliation, religion, or interests. That's all I will say. Great!
Very analytical and in-depth look at peoples' thoughts and feelings of taking this big step with a new Constitution
Thoroughly enjoyed the lectures of this Great Course!
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