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Explaining America : the Federalist

Author: Garry Wills
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison published what remains perhaps the greatest example of political journalism in the English language--the Federalist Papers. Written to urge ratification of the Constitution, the eighty-five essays--trenchant in thought and graceful in expression--defended the Constitution not merely as a theoretical statement but as a practical instrument of rule. Now updated  Read more...
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Wills, Garry, 1934-
Explaining America.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1981
(OCoLC)567634494
Named Person: Alexander Hamilton; James Madison; Alexander Hamilton; James Madison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Garry Wills
ISBN: 0385146892 9780385146890 0140061088 9780140061086
OCLC Number: 6737213
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xxii, 286 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. The "Hamiltonian" Madison : 1. Annapolis --
2. Nassau hall --
3. Opinion --
4. Corruption --
5. Construction --
II. The "Madisonian" Hamilton : 6. Annapolis --
7. King's College --
8. Commerce --
9. Passions --
10. Monarchy --
III. Checks and balances (No.51) : 11. Mixed government --
12. Separated powers --
13. Checks --
14. Legislative supremacy: Hamilton --
15. Judicial review: Hamilton --
16. Celebrated maxim --
17. Judicial review: Madison --
18. Legislative supremacy: Madison --
19. Sovereignty --
20. Federalism. IV. Representation (No. 10) : 21. Genius of the people --
22. Virtue --
23. Faction --
24. Interest --
25. Party --
26. Extent of territory --
27. To refine... --
28. ...and enlarge --
29. Diffusive character --
30. The third publius --
31. Accuracy.
Responsibility: Garry Wills.

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In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison published what remains perhaps the greatest example of political journalism in the English language--the Federalist Papers. Written to urge ratification of the Constitution, the eighty-five essays--trenchant in thought and graceful in expression--defended the Constitution not merely as a theoretical statement but as a practical instrument of rule. Now updated with a new introduction, Garry Wills's classic study subjects these essays to rigorous analysis, illuminating, as only he can, their significance in the development of the philosophy on which our government is based.

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