The US Constitution was approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It was to become law only if it was ratified by nine of the 13 states. New York was a key state, but it contained strong forces opposing the Constitution. A series of eighty-five letters appeared in New York City newspapers between October 1787 and August 1788 urging support for the Constitution. These letters remain the first and most authoritative commentary on the American concept of federal government.
Later known as The Federalist Papers, they were published under the pseudonym ‘Publius,’ although written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.
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“The Federalist Papers stand as key documents in the founding of the United States.” (Amazon.com, Editorial Review)
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If your interested in this one, get this one when Audible has their two for one sale. It's definitely worth a half a credit for its line by line dissection of the American Constitution, good Age of Enlightenment arguments, and this makes for a much better listen than a read since there is a lot of redundancy between some of the essays and easier to tune out and focus on my bicycle riding during the redundant parts. It's hard not to like a book in which the authors assume the reader knows their Greek, Roman and 17th century European history inside and out.
The writing from 1788 sounds as if could have been written today with surprisingly few archaic words or stilted phrasing. Good argumentation never goes out of style.
The text is well worth listening to to understand what the issues were regarding adoption of the US Constitution and as a guide to what the founding fathers were wrestling with. The biggest surprise to me was that we're still wrestling with many of the same issues today. There are several places in the text where 10 or 20 seconds of text are repeated - editing errors that detract slightly, and the narration is a bit dry, but this is still a worthwhile listen.
The Federalist Papers explain at length what the US Constitution tersely states. Even though the Federalist papers have no status as law, and we as readers may not find some of their arguments persuasive, they give us a window into the political and pragmatic considerations that went into the framing of the US Constitution.
The reading style is clear, and conducive to listening with attention.
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