The Federalist Constitution: Foreword
89 Fordham L. Rev. 1669 (2021)
8 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021
Date Written: May 11, 2021
Historical inquiry into constitutional meaning is distorted by long-standing received narratives and interpretations that are shaped by the political triumph and electoral dominance of the Jeffersonian-Republican and Jacksonian-Democratic parties between 1800 and 1860. But the original meanings of the Constitution were sharply contested and prominently featured some long-forgotten interpretations advanced by the Federalists. This foreword, and the articles it introduces, excavate the constitutional ideology of the Federalist Constitution, whose understanding is essential to a historically accurate picture of the founding.
Keywords: Constitutional Law, Federalists, Legal History, Founding Fathers, Jeffersonian-Republican, Jacksonian-Democratic, Political Parties, Interpretation
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