The US Constitution was approved by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. It was to become law only if it was ratified by nine of the thirteen states. New York was a key state, but it contained strong forces opposing the Constitution.
A series of eighty-five letters appeared in New York City newspapers between October 1787 and August 1788 urging support for the Constitution. These letters remain the first and most authoritative commentary on the American concept of federal government.
Later known as The Federalist Papers, they were published under the pseudonym ‘Publius,’ although written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. This presentation explores the major arguments contained in The Federalist Papers and contrasts them with the views of the Anti-Federalists.
A Blackstone Audio production.
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Not the Federalist Papers
While this audiobook is excellent, it is NOT a reading of the Federalist Papers (lost a star for the deceptive title). It is a discussion of the historical context in which they were written. It gave me a wholly new perspective on the culture and divisions in the country at the time the Constitution was written. Understanding the culture and debate of the day is absolutely essential for understanding the Consitution and what is was designed to do.
A viewpoint only
Armed with even a passing acquaintance with the Federalist Papers, one recognizes that they can't be read in under three hours.
Can't read a book written by someone without a college education????
To the person who refuses to read a book written by a person lacking a college education: You bash Beck for not going to college while acting like such a know-it-all about Thomas Paine. It was Paine who said, "Every person of learning is finally his own teacher" in reference to his own lack of a college education. LOL. Liberal snobs are a crack up. Give Beck a chance. All of his books have been at least entertaining. He has truly become his own teacher.