You are too kind. My studies continue in these areas and are dwarfed by the knowledge of others such as “Publius” a freeper of tremendous knowledge. We have many others who contribute to these threads with tremendous comments. I am honored to post the initial essay and then watch the comments grow.
Madison and Hamilton are an interesting pair. After the Constitution was ratified they had different roles. Hamilton focused on banking and the industrial revolution. Madison went to the House of Representatives and held great power. Madison was suspicious of Hamilton’s constant dealings.
Hamilton seemed to run wild with his political comments; that, along with his being a poor shot, led to his death.
Darn, I would love to see that sort of stuff in today’s politics! Patrick Leahy and Miguel Estrada come to mind...
Oh gosh and golly. (blush blush)
Once our FReeper Book Club on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is finished, Billthedrill and I are looking at a project where we would take the "Federalist Papers" and "Anti-Federalist Papers" in strict chronological order in an interleaved manner so as to follow the point and counterpoint of the debate over the Consitution. We would intersperse this with commentary about what was happening in the state ratifying conventions during the period.
Bill and I are debating about reformating the papers. He thinks that the "process and logic of the quill pen" should be kept intact, while I want to reformat each sentence into Structured English with separate lines and indentations for clauses so as to permit easier comprehension by modern readers not used to extremely long sentences and paragraphs that take up several pages.
There is also another problem with the "Anti-Federalist Papers". They are not as organized as the "Federalist Papers" and are not as easily avaiable in complete form, but mostly as fragments. Someone believed that if there are 85 "Federalist Papers", there must logically be 85 "Anti-Federalist Papers", so he cut and pasted the "Anti-federalist Papers" to form 85 cogent documents. I question that move.
...along with his being a poor shot, led to his death...Darn, I would love to see that sort of stuff in todays politics! Patrick Leahy and Miguel Estrada come to mind...
The site where Burr shot Hamilton is now a New Jersey state park in Weehauken. I have long believed that it should be established as our national dueling grounds with the duels covered by ABC Sports. (What a shame Howard Cosell is gone!)
My own first choice was for Zell Miller to challenge Chris Matthews to a duel over his dishonorable and ungentlemanly treatment of Michelle Malkin on his show.