Daily readings about people, places, and events in American history.
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October 27th
The Federalist Papers
October 27, 1787, saw the publication of the first in a series of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay urging ratification of the Constitution. Written under the name “Publius,” the eighty-five essays appeared mainly in New York newspapers and were later compiled in book form as The Federalist. They remain a brilliant explanation of the principles of American government. In “Federalist No. 1,” Hamilton reminded Americans that for the first time, a nation’s people would have the chance to freely decide what kind of government they want.

AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficacy of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the Union, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind. This idea will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and good men must feel for the event.
American History Parade
1682
Two months after leaving England, William Penn arrives at New Castle, Delaware.

1787
The first of The Federalist Papers is published in a New York newspaper.

1858
Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth U.S. president, is born in New York City.

1873
Illinois farmer Joseph Glidden applies for a patent on barbed wire, an innovation that helps fence the western plains, enabling large-scale farming.

1904
The nation’s first rapid transit subway opens in New York City.

2002
Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s career rushing record of 16,726 yards to become the NFL’s all-time rushing leader (Smith finishes his career with 18,355 yards rushing).
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