The Anti-Federalist Papers (Paperback)

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The Anti-Federalist Papers (Paperback)

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Between the first proposals of a federal Constitution in 1787 and the document's 1789 ratification, an intense debate raged among the nation's founding fathers. The Federalist Papers -- authored by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay -- favored the adoption of the Constitution, but other early statesmen opposed its ratification. The latter group, writing under pseudonyms, amassed a substantial number of influential essays, speeches, and letters that warned of the dangers inherent in a powerful central government.
Although never collected in as definitive a form as The Federalist Papers, these statements of opposition appeared in various publications and eventually became known as The Anti-Federalist Papers. Some of their arguments were incorporated into the first ten amendments to the Constitution -- the Bill of Rights -- but others remained unaddressed. The persuasive and well-argued statements encompassed by this volume continue to provide a valuable and timely perspective on the necessary limits of power.
The Anti-Federalist papers were written pseudonymously, but among the most notable are presumed to be Founding Fathers Patrick Henry, George Mason, Richard Henry Lee, James Monroe, George Clinton, and Melancton Smith.
Product Details ISBN: 9780486843452
ISBN-10: 0486843459
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: May 21st, 2020
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Dover Thrift Editions