Federalist papers 101

The Constitution is Itself…a Bill of Rights


In Federalist 84, Publius writes, “The truth is, after all the declamation we have heard, that the constitution is itself, in every rational sense, and to every useful purpose, A BILL OF RIGHTS.” In other words, the structure of the Constitution protects the rights of the people. In addition, the American people retain all powers not granted to the federal and state governments.


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About the Professor

Will Morrisey is a Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, and has held the William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution since 2000.

He attended Kenyon College, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from New School University in 2002.

He is the assistant editor of Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, a position which he has held since 1979.

He has served as a consultant for The Jersey Shore Partnership, the executive director of Monmouth County Historical Commission, and a teaching assistant at New School University.


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