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September eLesson 1: The Significance of Federalist No. 1

Taken at face value, Federalist No. 1 serves as an introduction to The Federalist Papers. But, to reduce it to merely an introduction trivializes its importance.  It is not simply an introduction, but rather an unprecedented appeal to the people of the United States to abolish the foundation of their government and decide on a “new Constitution.” According to the author, Alexander Hamilton, the consequence of this decision is “nothing less than the existence of the Union…” The fate of the United States did not rest on the shoulders of those who were arbitrarily awarded with power either by birth or force, it rested on the shoulders of every single American citizen.  The significance of this cannot be overstated. The most important decision in our nation’s history was placed in the hands of the people. View the entire eLesson.

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