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

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

Michael Meyerson

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 2:00352599

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Aside from the Constitution itself, there is no more important document in American politics and law than the Federalist Papers—the 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 framers’ thoughts on the most divisive issues of American government—the powers of the President, the dividing line between Congress’s authority and that of the states, the role of the Supreme Court, and the importance of the Bill of Rights. Liberty’s 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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treasury and slavery and strong central government and Thomas Jefferson as undemocratic and William Duer See also Hamilton/Madison relationship Hamilton/Madison relationship and Annapolis convention and assumption of states’ debts closing words of letters collaboration in Congress and conditional ratification of Constitution and Congress’s move to Princeton constitutional confrontation at Constitutional Convention and “discrimination” issue enmity in first meeting and opening

old & curious or new & useful,’” especially, he added, “treatises on the antient or modern foederal republics—on the law of Nations—and the history natural and political of the New World; to which I will add such Greek and Roman authors where they can be got very cheap.” Toward the end of the Virginia legislative session in January 1786, Madison received the news that a ship had come ashore carrying two trunks of books from France. Madison wrote Jefferson that he was having the trunks forwarded

very broad language of equal protection and due process of law and to reveal whether the meaning of these phrases was meant to be determined by a nineteenth-century vision of equality and liberty. Some language in the Fourteenth Amendment is specific enough to avoid causing serious interpretative problems. The first sentence of the first section simply states that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States . . . are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

up a simple dichotomy, declaring that there are only two ways “of curing the mischiefs of faction: the one, by removing its causes; the other, by controlling its effects.” In other words, society must either prevent factions from arising or ameliorate their consequences when they do appear. Madison’s technique of dividing a topic, such as how to deal with the problem of factions, into two smaller classifications can be linked directly to a methodology for reasoning first introduced by Plato. In

20, 1788, PGW-CS 6:150. 2 “The inclosed is the first number”: Alexander Hamilton to George Washington, Oct. 30, 1787, PAH 4:306. 3 “I will not conceal from you”: James Madison to George Washington, Nov. 18, 1787, PJM 10:253-254. 3 publishers John and Archibald McLean: “Advertisement,” New York Independent Journal, Mar. 22, 1788, in DHRC 20:880-881. 3 “there were probably not a dozen”: Douglass Adair, “The Authorship of the Disputed Federalist Papers,” in Trevor Colbourn, ed., Fame and the

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