This book picks up on the story of the Federalist Papers. Hitherto historians had tended to consider Hamilton’s role in framing the US Constitution as subordinate to that of Madison. Edling shows that Hamilton was absolutely central to the process and the final outcome. Where Madison was interested in particular structures and in the protection of individual rights, Hamilton’s concerns were focused more on ensuring the state was strong enough to protect itself. He was instrumental in ensuring that Congress had unlimited powers of taxation and deepened its control over the army, the navy and the militias.
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