The Federalist

Ralph Lerner

Hertog Foundation | 2013

The series of newspaper essays collectively known as The Federalist are rightly regarded as classics of American political thought. Standing alone, however, they are only one half of a notable conversation. We will try to uncover the differing presuppositions, hopes, and fears of those who debated whether to replace the existing Articles of Confederation with the proposed Constitution of the United States.

Junius Brutus Stearns, Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, oil on canvas, 1856