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The Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers

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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 Ma ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published February 1st 1999)
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John Yelverton
Dec 02, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Anyone who doubts the genius of the founding fathers never read these papers.
Bonnie Carruth
Apr 02, 2011 Bonnie Carruth rated it liked it
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.
Jul 05, 2015 Wendy marked it as to-read
Am I a federalist? Am I an anti-federalist? I keep getting confused! :)
Jacob Stubbs
Feb 09, 2016 Jacob Stubbs rated it it was amazing
So, as one might guess, the Federalist Papers are a foundation for understanding the American political system and founding. In my American founding class, we read both the Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers in dialogue with each other over various issues (representation was an especially gripping debate).

The Anti-Federalists' thought is rather important for today's political scheme. Their critique of the judicial system, view of America forming classes, etc. are all interesting predi
John Devlin
Feb 14, 2013 John Devlin rated it it was ok
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
Mitchell Thompson
Feb 23, 2014 Mitchell Thompson rated it really liked it
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.
Joel Brown
Mar 23, 2008 Joel Brown rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 04, 2012 Brian rated it liked it
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.
Lady of the Lake
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!
Aug 17, 2009 Brian rated it it was amazing
Took two readings to absorb it well, but enjoyed it thoroughly. Viva Publius!
May 27, 2008 MET rated it liked it
Read only if you want to understand American politics
Aug 02, 2009 Jason rated it liked it
OK for a first read, but the whole book is necessary to really understand the debate
Joey Bredesen
Aug 31, 2014 Joey Bredesen rated it really liked it
Classic text.
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Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher. He led calls for the Philadelphia Convention, was one of America's first Constitutional lawyers, an
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