The Federalists and the Anti-Federalists

Conferences for Students – September 27-29, 2019

Discussion Leader: Brad Birzer

Session I – Revolution and the Constitution
Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001. Appendix 1, Declaration of Independence (pages 495–499); Appendix 2, Articles of Confederation (pages 500–509); The Constitution of the United States (pages 526–540); and The Federalist, Number 1 (pages 1–4) and Numbers 9–10 (pages 37–49).

Session II – Federalist Ideas
Carey, George W. and James McClellan, eds. The Federalist. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001. Numbers 15–20 (pages 68–99), Numbers 37–39 (pages 179–199), Numbers 45–46 (pages 237–248), and Number 51 (pages 267–272).

Session III – The Anti-Federalist Response
Storing, Herbert J., eds. The Anti-Federalist: Writings by the Opponents of the Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985. “Federal Farmer I” (pages 32–39), “Federal Farmer II” (pages 39–43), “Brutus I” (pages 108–117), and “The Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania” (pages 201–223).

Session IV – The End of Federalism?
Belz, Herman, eds. The Webster-Hayne Debate on the Nature of the Union. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000. Speech of Robert Y. Hayne of South Carolina, January 25, 1830 (pages 73–80 [starting with the second paragraph that begins with “The Senator from Massachusetts…” on page 73]), and speech of Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, January 26 and 27, 1830 (pages 123–144 [beginning at the bottom of the page “Mr. Hayne here rose, and said…” on page 123]).

Calhoun, John C. Union and Liberty-The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun. Edited by Ross Lence. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992. “Fort Hill Address” (pages 367 and 369–400).

Session V – Federalism Today
Hammer v. Dagenhart, 247 U.S. 251 (United States Supreme Court 1918). Opinion of the Court (4 pages).

Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (United States Supreme Court 1942). Selection from Opinion of the Court (8 pages).

United States v. Lopez, 514 U.S. 549 (United States Supreme Court 1995). Majority Opinion (9 online pages).

Lincoln, Abraham. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches, Letters, Miscellaneous Writings and The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 1832-1858. Edited by Don E. Fehrenbacher. New York: Library of America, 1989. Selection from “Speech on the Dred Scott Decision at Springfield, Illinois” (pages 392–397).

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (United States Supreme Court 1954). Entire case.

Session VI – Constitution and Progress
Vanberg, Viktor J. The Constitution of Markets: Essays in Political Economy. London: Routledge, 2001. Chapter 1 “Constitutionally constrained and safeguarded competition in markets and politics” (pages 1–16).

Weingast, Barry R. “The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development.” Journal of Law, Economics & Organization 11, no. 1 (April 1995): 1–31.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]