John Jay: Federalist 2–5 and 64

(1787–1788)

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John Jay was president of the Continental Congress and active in New York politics when the country was making the transition from the Articles of Confederation to the new Constitution. His in-depth understanding and appreciation of the role of trade and international commerce proved critical in establishing the new country as a legitimate member of the family of nations. He viewed credible trade and stable, viable economic relationships with the other nations of the world as the only...