Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dr. Jude Pfister Debuts Sixth Book

Charting an American Republic, Dr. Pfister's sixth book, is inspired and informed by the Lloyd W. Smith archival and rare book collection held at the Morristown NHP. The book contains numerous images from the Smith collection, while other images come from several other national parks, and as such is a great compliment to the Centennial of the NPS.

With the American revolutionaries in discord following victory at Yorktown and the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783, the proposed federal Constitution of 1787 faced an uncertain future when it was sent to the states for ratification. Sensing an historic moment, three authors—Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay—circulated 85 essays among their fellow statesmen, arguing for a strong federal union.

Next to the Constitution itself, The Federalist papers are the most referenced statement of the Founding Fathers’ intentions in forming the U.S. government. This book takes a fresh look at the papers in the context of the times in which they were created.

Dr. Pfister pictured here with a first edition of the Federalist Papers,
part of the Lloyd W. Smith Rare Book Collection.

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