Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the Federalist Papers, Defined the Constitution, and Made Democracy Safe for the World

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Basic Books, Jun 29, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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Aside from the Constitution itself, there is no more important document in American politics and law than the Federalist PapersOCothe series of pamphlets written by Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to explain the meaning of the proposed Constitution to the American people and persuade them of its importance. These papers provide a window into the framersOCO thoughts on the most divisive issues of American governmentOCothe powers of the President, the dividing line between CongressOCOs authority and that of the states, the role of the Supreme Court, and the importance of the Bill of Rights. "LibertyOCOs Blueprint" offers an essential introduction to how the Federalist Papers were written, the philosophical thinking that shaped the Constitution, how the framers meant the various clauses to be understood, and why they are still vitally important today."
 

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A thoroughly engaging and accessible account of the production, impact, and continued relevance of The Federalist in American political and judicial life. Meyerson's argument that the papers were of ... Read full review

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For an understanding as to how the constitution was though of by its framers the first stop is to read the Federalist Papers, a series of essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and to a lesser extent, John Jay. This book is a guided tour of the Federalist Papers. Read full review

Contents

TESTIFYING THE ESTEEM REGARD AN UNLIKELY
11
TO CEMENT THE UNION SOUNDING THE CALL
39
BETTER THAN NOTHING THE DRAFTING OF
61
ESTABLISHING GOOD GOVERNMENT FROM REFLECTION
75
THE HEAD OF A FACTION DECIDEDLY HOSTILE TO ME
109
THE MOST VALUABLE DISQUISITIONS OF GOVERNMENT
135
THE DISEASES MOST INCIDENT TO REPUBLICAN
163
A DOUBLE SECURITY LESSONS ON FEDERALISM
195
THE GREATEST OF ALL REFLECTIONS ON HUMAN
213
WORKS FREQUENTLY CITED
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
285
INDEX
299
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Michael I. Meyerson is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore, specializing in constitutional law and American legal history. The author of over twenty scholarly articles on Constitutional law and legal history, he lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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