The Constitution in Congress

In this book the author deeply analyzes and describes the processes connected with the creation of The Federalist Papers and, hence, The Constitution of the United States of America. His work explores the political trends foverning in Amemrica in the time period from the First Congress (1789-1791) up to the Sixth and Seventh Congresses (1797-1801).1 Currie writes about the twelve years which have actually become the most important in the formation of the country, but, at the same time, were very intense and rich for the first and future law-makers and governments.

In addition, in this book one may get acquainted with the main features and the most significant people of the Federalist period. The author explores not only the well-known issue concerning The Papers but their origins and reasons as well. 2. Dumbauld, Edward. The Declaration of Independence and What it Means Today. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950 In this book the author presents the historical and political events and circumstances which accompanied the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and marked the end of British authority over the American Colonies,2 and analyzes the extend to which adoption of this document has influenced further growth and development of the United States.

Dumbauld also compares the philosophy of American and English governments and as appendixes presents The Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson's Preamble to Virginia Constitution Or Form of Government, English Bill of Rights and Virginia Bill of Rights. 3. Hamilton, Alexander, J. Jay and J. Madison. The Federalist Papers. New York: New American Library, 1961.

This is the book about The Federalist, the most important work in political science that has ever been written or is likely ever to be written.3 The book examines the contents of The Federalist Papers, draws up their main point and explores the philosophies of first-class thinkers and doers of that time which acted as the creators of such a significant work. Besides that, the author takes The Federalist Papers up as a future basis of The Constitution of the United States of America and explains his reasons of such a vision. Hamilton builds up a basis for the theory which proves The Federalist Papers to start the constitution-making process in further political and decision-making processes of the country and claims The Papers to be still the most authoritative commentary on the Constitution of the United States.

4. Mace, George. Locke, Hobbes, and the Federalist Papers: An Essay on the Genesis of the American Political Heritage. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1979. On the 162 pages of the book its author, George Mace, explores The Federalist Papers (the first published as a series of papers in the New York City press)4 from the philosophical point of view. Especially great attention is drawn to Locke and Hobbes as they are considered to be the people who make a noticeable impact on the creation of The Papers. Mace outlines that The Federalist was written oriented not only on the people living in the country had been already existing, but on the future generations and citizens as well.

Political philosophy is the basis of Mace's research and evaluation. However, these findings and assumptions are to be never underestimated for together with other authors' works they create a complete picture of The Federalist and The Constitution of the United States of America creation processes. 5. Millican, Edward. One United People: The Federalist Papers and the National Idea. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1990.

It's a book about The Federalist, a work which was written at a time when the various elements of the nationalist conception had not yet coalesced.5 The author discusses the significance of the papers and reveals its main themes: the Nation-State, Nation by Jay, Hamilton's Aim to Centralize, Madison's yield to National Regime, Publius as the Nationalist, etc.

In this book one may find a deep and profound analysis of political tendencies and intentions of the USA founders – in a comprehensive and thorough manner Millican examines the argument of The Federalist and describes the most important differences in the ideas, visions and inclinations of its creators. Finally, making a conclusion, the author analyses the importance and further impact of the papers on the American political direction and principles of the government.

1 David P Currie, The Constitution in Congress: The Federalist Period 1789 -1801 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997). 2 Edward Dumbauld, The Declaration of Independence and What it Means Today (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950). 3 Alexander Hamilton and others, The Federalist Papers (New York: New American Library, 1961). 4 George Mace, Locke, Hobbes, and the Federalist Papers: An Essay on the Genesis of the American Political Heritage (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1979), 98.