AP U.S. Government and Politics Summer Reading – “The Federalist Fifteen”
Please read Federalist Papers 1, 5, 9, 10, 23, 48, 51, 67, 78, and 84. (As opposed to all eighty-five essays, although you are welcome to read all of them!) Then select five additional Federalist Papers to read closely. Your selections can be determined by which of the three authors you particularly enjoy, the pursuit of a particular topic, or any other method that you find to be suitable. Students will write an essay in response to an AP Free Response Question about one of the ten specified Federalist Papers after school starts. While there are many places to access the Federalist Papers, this website effectively organizes the essays by topic: The Federalist Papers.
The copy of The Federalist that is pictured below is a first edition in the collection of the Library of Congress. Alexander Hamilton's wife, Elizabeth, originally owned this American treasure, then she gave it to her sister, Angelica Church. Ms. Church then gave it to her friend, Thomas Jefferson. Apparently relying on information supplied by Madison, Jefferson assigned the pseudonymous "Publius" essays to Hamilton, Madison, and Jay in a list on the flyleaf of this volume.