Our resident historian Dr. John Foster continues his discussion of the origins of the US Constitution! This time, he’s talking about The Federalist Papers.

After the US Constitution was written and signed, it still had to be approved – both by the states and in the hearts and minds of the people. Consequently, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay launched a spirited defense of the new constitution in a series of articles from the fall of 1787 to the spring of 1788. These articles became known as The Federalist Papers. Discover their contents and importance!

Also, learn about one of the most fatal “your mother” jokes in US history. I promise … it’s relevant.

Foster’s series concludes on Oct. 11 when Dr. Todd Arrington from James A. Garfield National Historic Site will join us to discuss the Civil War amendments. The program is free to attend. Due to limited space, registration is required. Once registration opens, you can sign up on our website or by calling us at 440-255-8811 ext. 1.

By the way, both of Foster’s two previous talks in this series can be viewed online:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American RevolutionThe Vietnam Wars, and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.