Efforts to provide comprehensive guides to the United States Constitution date from its framing and ratification. The Federalist was the first self-conscious handbook on the United States Constitution. Those essays were designed to persuade wavering delegates, particularly to the New York ratification convention, that the Constitution was worth supporting (and ratifying, as happened in New York, by the vote of 30-27). Unlike the original and subsequent treatises or comprehensive guides, this Handbook is not motivated by a “cheerleading” impulse. Although this...
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