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Today in Legal History: Alexander Hamilton before Hamilton (October 27, 1787)

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Today, on October 27, 1787, Alexander Hamilton published Federalist No. 1, the first of the Federalist Papers series. The series contains 85 essays on the origins, purpose, and design of the U.S. Constitution, and is widely considered as one of the main inspirations for the theoretical foundations of the U.S. system of government (separation of powers among federal and state governments, and among branches of the federal government).

Contrary to popular belief, the Federalist Papers were written AFTER the American Revolution; but before the founding of U.S.A. (Between the American Revolution of 1776 and the founding of U.S.A. in 1789, the original 13 U.S. states largely self-governed, under a loose confederation, without a strong central government.)

I leave you with these words from Federalist No. 1:

"In the course of the preceding observations, I have had an eye, my fellow-citizens, to putting you upon your guard against all attempts, from whatever quarter, to influence your decision in a matter of the utmost moment to your welfare, by any impressions other than those which may result from the evidence of truth."

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