This Day in History: Battle of Burke County Jail

On this day in 1779, a group of American patriots holds off a contingent of British soldiers at the Burke County Jail in Georgia, despite being badly outnumbered. By this point in the Revolution, the British were frustrated with the status of the war in the North. They decided to pursue a new strategy: A […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 44

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 44 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) continues his step-by-step defense of the powers given to the new national government. He’s addressed the first four classes of governmental power (identified in Federalist No. 41). This paper tackles the 5th and 6th classes of powers. First, Madison addresses […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 43

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 43 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) continues his step-by-step defense of the powers given to the new national government. This essay literally reads like a punch list! In Federalist No. 41, Madison had divided the power granted to the government into six classes. Paper 41 discussed […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 42

On this day in 1788, Federalist Paper No. 42 is published. James Madison (a.k.a. “Publius”) engages in a detailed defense of various powers given to the national government. His paper is lengthy! (It’s hard to imagine such a lengthy editorial in any newspaper today, isn’t it?!) Thus, I will focus on just three important points. […]