Essential Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
Joined as one to establish independence from Great Britain, America's first leaders spent ten years to develop the ideals found in the Declaration of Independence into a unified constitution. The idea of a centralized government resulted in a great debate between the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. The Federalists wanted to ratify the Constitution; the Anti-Federalists did not. This single volume contains a selection of the classic critiques to the Constitution and thirty-three of the most crucial Federalist papers. Also includes an author's introduction that examines the history of our American principles of government along with their Scottish, English and French roots. 343 pgs. pb. ~ Deanne
An excellent edition of the key writings surrounding the adoption of the American Constitution. The learned Introduction brings to life the key intellectual debates at the heart of modern constitutionalism as well as those concerning the American Constitution. A fine critical edition.