The Cato letters started to appear on September 27, George Mason’s objections were in circulation and the Brutus essays were launched on October 18.
The number of essays in was extended in response to the relentless, and effective, Antifederalist criticism of the proposed Constitution.
1) One should not confuse self-serving propaganda with advocating a political position in a persuasive manner.
After all, rhetorical skills are a vital part of the democratic electoral process and something a free people have to handle.
now acquired a “timeless” and higher purpose, a sort of icon status equal to the very Constitution that it was defending and interpreting.
And we can see this switch in tone in Federalist 37 when Madison invites his readers to contemplate the great difficulty of founding.Two lesson plans have been created to align with two of the most noted essays high school students are encouraged to read, Federalist 10 and Federalist 51.Within each lesson students will use a Federalist Paper as their primary source for acquiring content. Along with the debate over the Constitution that was taking place in the state legislatures, an “out-of-doors” debate raged in newspapers and pamphlets throughout America’s thirteen states following the Constitutional Convention over the Constitution that had been proposed. Initially, they were intended to be a twenty essay response to the Antifederalist attacks on the Constitution that were flooding the New York newspapers right after the Constitution had been signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.It is tempting to adopt the former position because 1) the essays originated in the rough and tumble of the ratification struggle.It is also tempting to 2) see as incoherent; didn’t Hamilton and Madison disagree with each other within five years of co-authoring the essays?Nevertheless, if one sticks with the “formal division of the subject” outlined in the first essay, it is possible to work out the actual division of essays into the six topic areas or “points” after the fact so to speak.Martin Diamond was one of the earliest scholars to break into its component parts.And just because they were written with certain haste doesn’t mean that they were unreflective and not well written.Federalist 10, the most famous of all the essays, is actually the final draft of an essay that originated in Madison’s in 1787, matured at the Constitutional Convention in June 1787, and was refined in a letter to Jefferson in October 1787.Suffice it to note, that Madison’s last contribution was Federalist 63, leaving Hamilton as the exclusive author of the nineteen Executive and Judiciary essays.Madison left New York in order to comply with the residence law in Virginia concerning eligibility for the Virginia ratifying convention.