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3. The Federalist Papers
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to look at the process of ratification in the "harder" states and how the Federalist Papers were used as a tool to achieve this. The Federalist Papers were a series of essays - published by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay - in order to persuade New York and other states to ratify the Constitution. The Papers also help us get a deeper view into what the framers of the Constitution truly believed the purpose of the document was.
In this course, Professor Woody Holton (University of South Carolina) discusses the ratification of the US Constitution, along with the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights. We start by looking at the structure of the Constitution - the preamble and each of its articles. After this, we turn to examine how ratification was achieved in the so called "easy" states - Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia. We then turn to look at the process of ratification in the "harder" states and how the Federalist Papers were used as a tool to achieve this. In the final module, we'll explore the arguments of the Anti-Federalists and the Bill of Rights.
Woody Holton is Peter and Bonnie McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He specialises in early American history, especially the American Revolution, with a focus on economic history, African Americans, Native Americans, and women. He is author of a number of books within these fields including Liberty is Sweet: The Hidden History of the American Revolution.
Cite this Lecture
Holton, W. (2022, January 12). US History – Ratification, the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, 1787-91 - The Federalist Papers [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-ratification-the-federalist-papers-and-the-bill-of-rights-1787-91/the-federalist-papers
Holton, W. "US History – Ratification, the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, 1787-91 – The Federalist Papers." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 12 Jan 2022, https://www.massolit.io/courses/us-history-ratification-the-federalist-papers-and-the-bill-of-rights-1787-91/the-federalist-papers