The Federalist Constitution: Foreword

8 Pages Posted: 12 May 2021

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David S. Schwartz

University of Wisconsin Law School

Jonathan Gienapp

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Mikhail

Georgetown University Law Center

Richard Primus

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: May 11, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Schwartz, David S. and Gienapp, Jonathan and Mikhail, John and Primus, Richard, The Federalist Constitution: Foreword (May 11, 2021). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1699, 89 Fordham L. Rev. 1669 (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3844033

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