THE FEDERALIST PAPERS
Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison
READ. DISCUSS. KNOW.
We are excited to learn along with you and facilitate the process of continuing to read, discuss and know what the founders intended for our great nation!
Why is it important for me to read the Federalists Papers?
This is your next best step to growing your knowledge and appreciation for the founding of our great nation. To further build on your understanding of our Supreme Law of the Land. To solidify its intent and meaning.
The Federalist Papers (also referred to as the Federalist) is a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the collective pseudonym "Publius" to promote the ratification of the Constitution of the United States.
The introduction to this book reminds us...
"The U.S. Constitution, unlike the laws of many ancient cities, was not of course the work of one wise lawgiver, a point that the Federalist emphasizes. Moreover, the Constitution contained compromises, obscurities, imperfections: " I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man"... But the obscurities and imperfections were turned to account as additional reasons why this explanation, and defense of a single commentator whose commentary soon became accepted as authoritative and so helped to fix the meaning of the Constitution itself. This commentator was "Publius" the pen name chosen by the then-anonymous authors of the Federalist."
The greatest accomplishment of the Federalist was to show that the Constitution was both coherent and republican. Suppressing their private doubts and disappointments, Hamilton, Madison and John Jay, undertook the series of essays in order to expound the merits of the new Constitution and to answer the objections to it that had already begun to appear in newspaper columns in New York and across the 13 colonies.
What comes with the Book Club?
- One monthly meeting on the 4th Monday of every month
- Civic duty current calls to action so you stay involved and active
- Invitation to local Historic Discovery Excursions throughout the year
- Monday morning reminders to keep you focused and excited to read
- Continue momentum and community building with like minded freedom loving people
How long will it take to read the book ?
We will read one paper a week (most are only a few pages long), for a total of 4 per month. We estimate that the complete book of 85 Federalist Papers will take 18 months. We know you'll love it. However, if at any point you decide it is no longer for you, you can unsubscribe from the "We the People Book Club Membership" before your next billing cycle. No refunds will be given so please monitor your account in the way that works best for you.
What version of the book should I purchase ?
For ease of discussion and being on the same page, we recommend this version of the book.
You can purchase your book on Amazon here..
What are the dates and when do we start?
**Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm ET
We begin on Monday, September 26 at 7pm ET.
What do we need to have ready for Class #1?
Please read the "introduction" numbered "vii to xxxi"
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