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August 2014 Organizer's Pick Discussion

  • Aug 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Date: August 20, 2014
Meeting Location: Emeryville
Title: The Federalist by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
Genre: Nonfiction – Political History
Year of Publication: 1787 to 1788
Approximate Page Count: 480 pages
Summary: After signing its Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the United States of America functioned under a government created by the Articles of Confederation, which would later prove to be flawed and lead to the drafting of the United States Constitution in 1787 that many feared was too radical. In response, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, all under the pen name “Publius,” wrote a total of 85 essays that argued the strengths and merits of the new Constitution, covering topics such as the rationale for a stronger federal government and the rules specific to the government’s legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Without the support of these persuasive and historically important essays, collectively known as the Federalist Papers, or simply the Federalist, the Constitution most likely would not have been ratified and the United States might not have survived as a nation.
Suggested by: Anthony



As this book is an Organizer's Pick, Anthony will present brief biographies of the three authors, share facts of interest about the Federalist as a whole, and lead the discussion with questions.



Given the length of this book and how I underestimated the effort that may be required to read it all, I am providing you with the following link where you can find a summary for each of the 85 Federalist essays. Consider this the reading requirement for this meeting. In other words, you do not have to read the actual book, but you can if you want.


LAST UPDATE: July 26, 2014

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  • Regina Voorhies D.

    I'll be about a half hour late.

    August 20, 2014

  • Regina Voorhies D.

    Still working through the book. Great choice Anthony. Keep right on challenging us.

    August 16, 2014

  • Evelyn

    I'm enjoying read the thoughts of society leaders from a bygone time. I find myself thinking about nation building in place like Iraq. We take it for granted that this could just as easily been organized as multiple nation - a la Europe.

    August 15, 2014

  • Martha

    Sorry, but I can't make it.

    July 15, 2014

  • Regina Voorhies D.

    Right now I'm reading it on my phone and enjoying it. Naturally, it could be because I can sneakily read it on my phone during lulls and breaks at work.

    June 15, 2014

  • Anthony

    Edward, that's why I'm allowing everyone to read essay summaries instead. :-)

    June 15, 2014

  • Ned M.

    I was required to read this weighty tome back in high school and have been having flashbacks ever since!

    June 15, 2014

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