Grade 8
A Closer Look
  The Federalist Papers
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Explore the words that helped shape our nation: the Federalist Papers. You can use these Internet sites to learn more about the persuasive essays by Publius and the drama over the ratification of the Constitution.

James Madison: His Legacy
Check out this extensive resource on the accomplishments of James Madison from his participation in the Continental Congress and his years as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court until his death. You can view the text of some of his Federalist Papers, read background information on his efforts to ratify the Constitution, and explore his views on issues such as slavery and judicial review. The site also has information on Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Liberty and Limits: "The Federalist" Idea 200 Years Later
How has federalism impacted American life and politics? What forces affected the issue of federalism? Visit this fantastic site to trace federalism from its beginnings in our Constitution to today. This online resource offers background information, stories of federalism in action, primary source texts, commentary from leading politicians and experts, and a forum where you can debate issues.

Explaining the Constitution: The Federalist Papers
This hypertext outline of American government puts the writings of Hamilton, Jay, and Madison in the context of the political and social issues facing the new nation.


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