Summary of Hamilton vs. Madison and the Birth of American Partisanship

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The intense partisanship engulfing contemporary US politics may be fiercer than most people can remember. But as Noah Feldman makes clear in a thought-provoking talk, today’s partisan divisions are nothing new. A constitutional law scholar by training and practice, Feldman affirms that the US Constitution is stronger than partisanship. If you’re anxious about where US politics is heading, getAbstract believes that you’ll find reassurance in hearing this distinguished scholar say, “It’s going to be OK.”

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Noah Feldman is a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School.



Partisanship in US politics isn’t new; nor is the political opposition between the coasts and the heartland. Partisan divisions date to the beginning of the American republic, when they manifested in the same geographical factions as today. Indeed, “partisanship was born” when James Madison, who designed the US Constitution, and Alexander Hamilton, who helped write the Federalist Papers to urge its ratification, became bitter political enemies touting competing visions for the young country. When Hamilton became secretary of the treasury, he sought to make domestic manufacturing...

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