The Federalist

On permanent display with the Founding Documents is the copy of The Federalist presented to George Washington by two of its authors, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Each of its two volumes bears Washington’s signature and bookplate. In addition, one volume contains annotations by Washington's nephew and heir of his library, Supreme Court Justice Bushrod Washington, attempting to assign authorship of the individual Federalist essays. The Federalist, written by Hamilton and Madison with John Jay, argued in favor of the adoption of the federal Constitution then under consideration by the States to supplant the Articles of Confederation. This book remains the most important comment on the U.S. Constitution contemporary with the writing of that document.
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