Hamilton, Jay, and Madison

You may have heard a lot of talk in the media lately about how our Constitution, as designed by the Founding Fathers, is flawed and outdated.

It may make you wonder, as it does me: How should defenders of the Constitution respond to these charges?

Well, a few early defenders of the Constitution—Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison—have given us the guide: The Federalist Papers.

These essays were written between October 1787 and August 1788 under the pen name Publius, The Federalist Papers, and were published initially as newspaper editorials intended to explain the merits of the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson described The Federalist Papers as “the best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written.”

There is no better guide to understanding the principles of liberty underlying our Constitution than through the words of the Founders themselves. That’s why I’d like to give you the chance to enroll in Hillsdale’s free online course, “The Federalist Papers,” today.

Taught by Hillsdale College’s politics faculty, this ten-lecture course explores the major themes of this classic work of American politics, such as the problem of majority faction, the importance of separation of powers, the nature of the three branches of government, and the argument concerning the Bill of Rights.

Thanks for reading my email, and I hope you’ll activate your free enrollment in “The Federalist Papers” today.

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Warm regards,

Kyle Murnen, ’09
Director of Online Learning
Hillsdale College

 

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