Perhaps the greatest public conversation regarding the methods, details and justification for a system of government founded on the consent of the governed are found in the Federalist Papers. Today too many uninformed people dismiss the American Constitution as an outdated document written by a group of self-serving wealthy white men. The fact is they were discussing ideas that find their roots in Greece two-thousand years ago and were widely discussed by some of the brightest minds of the enlightenment. Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton were all widely read individuals well versed in the European philosophical writings and political theories of that era.
No American should leave school without a thorough reading and understandingof