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The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United Statesby John Jay
Synopses & Reviews
The series of essays that comprise The Federalist constitutes one of the key texts of the American Revolution and the democratic system created in the wake of independence. Written in 1787 and1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the proposed Constitution, these papers stand as perhaps the most eloquent testimonial to democracy that exists. They describe theideas behind the American system of government: the separation of powers; the organization of Congress; the respective positions of the executive, legislative, and judiciary; and much more. TheFederalist remains essential reading for anyone interested in politics and government, and indeed for anyone seeking a foundational statement about democracy and America.
This new edition ofThe Federalist is edited by Robert Scigliano, a professor in the political science department at Boston College. His substantive Introduction sheds clarifying new light on the historical context and meaning of TheFederalist. Scigliano also provides a fresh and definitive analysis of the disputed authorship of several sections of this crucial work.
From the Hardcover edition.
Three illustrious statesmen defend the political principles and ideologies set forth in the Constitution of the United States.
About the Author
Robert Scigliano is a professor in the political science department at Boston College and a leading authority on the Constitution.
Table of Contents
Introduction — Utility of union — Insufficiency of the present confederation — Need for an energetic constitution — Constitution's conformity to true principles of republican government — Concluding remarks.
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