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The Anti-Federalist

An Abridgment of The Complete Anti-Federalist

Herbert J. Storing’s Complete Anti-Federalist, hailed as "a civic event of enduring importance" (Leonard W. Levy, New York Times Book Review), indisputably established the importance of the Anti-Federalists’ writings for our understanding of the Constitution. As Storing wrote in his introduction, "If the foundation of the American polity was laid by the Federalists, the Anti-Federalist reservations echo through American history; and it is in the dialogue, not merely in the Federalist victory, that the country’s principles are to be discovered."

This one-volume edition presents the essence of the other side of that crucial dialogue. It can be read as a genuine counterpart to the Federalist Papers; as an original source companion to Storing’s brilliant essay What the Anti-Federalists Were For (volume I of The Complete Anti-Federalist, available as a separate paperback); or as a guide to exploring the full range of Anti-Federalist writing. The Anti-Federalist makes a fundamental source of our political heritage accessible to everyone.

382 pages | 6.12 x 9.25 | © 1985

Abridgment by Murray Dry.

History: American History

Law and Legal Studies: The Constitution and the Courts

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Table of Contents

Preface by Murray Dry
Centinel, Letter I
Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government Proposed by the Late Convention: Letters from The Federal Farmer, I-VII and XVI-XVII
Essays of Brutus
The Address and Reasons of Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania to Their Constituents
Letters of Agrippa, I-XI
A Farmer, Essay V
The Impartial Examiner, Essay I
Speeches of Patrick Henry in the Virginia State Ratifying Convention
New York
Speeches by Melancton Smith

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