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The Federalist Papers No. 29, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS The Militia Wednesday, January 9, 1788 THE power of regulating the militia, and of commanding its services in times of insurrection and...

The Declaration of Rights of the Stamp Act Congress

October 19, 1765 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS The members of this congress, sincerely devoted, with the warmest sentiments of affection and duty to His Majesty's person and...

Blackstone: Of the King’s Revenue

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 8 1765-1769 HAVING, in the preceding chapter,...

Congress: Adams ‘Defense’ No. 53

 Liberty Letters, John Adams, 1786 A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States, Letter 52 Conclusion: Congress My dear Sir, BY the authorities and examples already recited,...

Social Condition of the Anglo-Americans

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 1, Chapter 3, SOCIAL CONDITION OF THE ANGLO-AMERICANS Social condition is commonly the result of circumstances, sometimes of laws,...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 15

Liberty Letters, 15 September 1787, James Madison Editor's Overview: First Article, relative to the Legislative powers, resumed. Motion to change the present proportion of...

The Works of John Adams Volume 1, Chapter V

The Life of John Adams, by Charles Henry Adams Editors Note: This is Volume 1 of the 10 Volume "The Works of John Adams", (Boston:...

Federalist Papers No. 59, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Friday, 22 February 1788 Concerning the Power of Congress to Regulate the Election of Members THE natural order of the subject leads...

Why Democratic Armies Are Weaker At First But Stronger Last

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 2, Section 3, Chapter 24, Causes Which Render Democratic Armies Weaker Than Other Armies At The Outset Of...

Madison’s Notes: The Federal Convention of 1787: 20 August

Debated "necessary and proper" clause, sumptuary laws, and most extensively, the definition of treason against the United States. Editor's summary provided.

Madison's Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 4

The Constitutional Convention's discussion for September 4, 1787 focused on the electoral college system and its merits. James Madison's Notes

What Causes Almost Americans To Follow Industrial Callings

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 2, Section 2, Chapter 19, What Causes Almost All Americans To Follow Industrial Callings Agriculture is perhaps, of all...

How Customs Are Softened As Social Conditions Become Equal

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 2, Section 3, Chapter 1, How Customs Are Softened As Social Conditions Become More Equal We perceive that for...

Federalist Papers, No. 2, John Jay

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, October 31, 1787 Plea for Union WHEN the people of America reflect that they are now called upon to decide a...

Federalist Papers No. 75, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Wednesday, March 26, 1788 Treaty Making Power of the Executive (President) THE President is to have power, "by and with the advice...

Federalist Papers No. 22, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS Federalist 22, by Alexander Hamilton 12 December 1787 Other Defects of the Present Confederation (continued) IN ADDITION to the defects already...

Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States: Preliminary Chapter

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, PRELIMINARY CHAPTER Plan of the Work The principal object of these...

The Anti-Federalist Papers No. 2: William Grayson

Liberty Letters, William Grayson, Anti-Federalist No. 2 June 11, 1788 The adoption of this government will not meliorate our own particular system. I beg leave to...

The Federalist Papers, No. 23: Alexander Hamilton

Liberty Letters, Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 23 Tuesday, December 18, 1787 THE necessity of a Constitution, at least equally energetic with the one proposed, to the...

General Review of the Colonies (Cont.) – Joseph Story’s Commentaries, Ch. 17

Founders Corner Library Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, by Joseph Story, 1833 Volume 1, Chapter 17, GENERAL REVIEW OF THE COLONIES (CONT.) § 159. IN...

Federalist Papers No. 79, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS The Judiciary Continued NEXT to permanency in office, nothing can contribute more to the independence of the judges than a fixed...

Hamilton: Letters of H.G., Letter XV

The Moral Liberal, Classics Library Alexander Hamilton: The Works of Alexander Hamilton, Volume 1, 1774:  After the New York Ratifying Convention 1788: Letters of H.G. Letter...

MA Convention: Article 1 Section 2 Considered

The Debates In The Several State Conventions On The Adoption Of The Federal Constitution, by Jonathan Elliot In Convention at Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 18, 1788 FRIDAY,...

Blackstone: Of Subordinate Magistrates

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY, MAJOR WORKS Commentaries on the Laws of England (Vol. 1 of 4), Book 1, Chapter 9 1765-1769 IN a former chapter of these...

James Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: August 22

Sherman observed that the abolition of Slavery seemed to be going on in the U. S. and that the good sense of the several States would probably by degrees complete it.

Why All Honest Callings Are Considered Honorable

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 2, Section 2, Chapter 18, Why Among The Americans All Honest Callings Are Considered Honorable Among a democratic people,...

Madison’s Notes: Federal Convention of 1787: Sept. 06

Length of term of the President of the United States and mode of election debated. Electoral college approved. Tiebreaker power goes to House of Representatives

The Works of John Adams, vol. 2: Appendix B

The Works of John Adams, by Charles Henry Adams, Volume 2 Appendix B (page 226.) The following abstract, taken from one of Mr. Adams’s note books, in...

Federalist Papers, No. 1, Alexander Hamilton

FOUNDERS CORNER LIBRARY: MAJOR WORKS To the People of the State of New York—October 27, 1787 Introduction AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the...

"An American" to the Earl of Carlisle and Others

Liberty Letters, Samuel Adams, May-June 1778 To the Earl of Carlisle, Lord Viscount Howe, Sir William Howe (or, in his absence, Sir Henry Clinton), William...