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Civic Classics Collection

A special collection that supports ASU's mission of civic education

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The American Founding

The Federalist
The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. In 2 volumes. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Published in New York by J. and A. McLean in 1788.
First collected edition containing 85 essays originally published anonymously in New York newspapers. Collected edition features revisions and corrections by Alexander Hamilton. This book contains both volume 1 with essays 1-36 and volume 2, essays 37-85 bound together in 18th-century mottled calf. Spine with leather title panel with gilt lettering and gilt volume numbers in fourth compartment. Gilt borders on spine.
The Federalist was written in order to convince New Yorkers and Americans generally that they should ratify, or give formal consent to, the Constitution, making it officially valid. Many feared that the proposed Constitution... Continue reading
Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia
Notes on the State of Virginia. Witten by Thomas Jefferson. Published in London by John Stockdale in 1787.
1st edition. A pirated French translation appeared in 1785. The authorized edition was published in Great Britain in 1787.
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George Washington's First Inaugural Address
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George Washington's Farewell Address
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George Washington’s Farewell Address is one of the most important statements in American history. It was prepared by . . .Continue reading
George Washington's Resignation Address
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James Thomson Callender's Sketches of the History of America
Sketches of the History of AmericaWritten by James Thomson Callender. Published in Philadelphia by Snowden & McCorkle in 1798.
Facts and Documents Relevant to Alexander Hamilton's Death
Daniel Webster's Discourse in Commemoration of Adams and Jefferson
Discourse in Commemoration of the Lives and Services of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, Delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, August 2, 1826. Written by Daniel Webster. Published in Boston by Cummings, Hilliard and Company in 1826.

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