An Introduction to Alexander Hamilton's The Federalist Papers

Although three men wrote The Federalist Papers, over half of the 85 documents were written by one man—Alexander Hamilton. Part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest ideas, a video summary of Alexander Hamilton's The Federalist Papers provides insight into the origins of democracy in America. The summary pulls out details from a few key papers to summarize their content.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare and contrast different forms of democracy that exist around the world
  • Challenge scholars to develop an argument in favor of or against the ideas highlighted in the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a general understanding of the basics of American government

  • A modern-day analogy helps make the concepts in the text more accessible for learners
  • Uses illustrations to provide a visual overview of the text

  • Only highlights a small portion of a large text