The Founders after the Founding


This conference compared and contrasted the views of five prominent Founders (Washington, Hamilton, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison) on the Constitution at the time of its adoption and then later in their careers.


From Liberty Fund

The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

Washington, George. George Washington: A Collection. Edited by W. B. Allen. Compiled by W. B. Allen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1988.

Farrand, Max, eds. The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, Volume II, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1911.

Adams, John. Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826. Edited by Gordon S. Wood. New York: The Library of America, 2016.

Adams, John and Benjamin Rush. The Spur of Fame: Dialogues of John Adams and Benjamin Rush. Edited by John A. Schutz and Douglass Adair. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1966.

Hamilton, Alexander. Writings. New York: Library of America, 2001.

Hamilton, Alexander. The Papers of Alexander Hamilton Volume 25 July 1800-April 1802. Edited by Harold C. Syrett. New York: Columbia University Press, 1977.

Jefferson, Thomas. Writings. Edited by Merrill D. Peterson. New York: Library of America, 1984.

Madison, James. Writings. Edited by Jack Rakove. New York: The Library of America, 1999.

Madison, James. The Papers of James Madison: Retirement Series, Volume 2. Edited by David B. Mattern, J. C. A. Stagg, Mary Parke Johnson, and Anne Mandeville Colony. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013.

Washington, George. Writings. Edited by John Rhodehamel. Compiled by John Rhodehamel. New York: The Library of America, 1997.