Friday, February 09, 2007

The Federalist Papers

I found a good primary history on the Web that has full coverage of the Federalist Papers. I like this site for two reasons:

1. The domain name is great! It is federali.st. The .st is the domain extension assigned to the African country of Sao Tome and Principe. What a wonderful use for an obscure domain extension.

2. The text of the Federalist Papers (and The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The Constitution of the United States of America) are cleanly laid out. The pages are easy to navigate. And the biggest shocker of all, there are no ads! Most cut and paste sites using public domain text are loaded with Google AdSense ads. There is nothing wrong with this when it is done to be non-intrusive but I find it refreshing to see a private site like this without the ads.

The site creator is Edward O’Connor. In a blog post he described why he created the site:

"Libertarian law bloggers are often originalists, and The Federalist Papers are a wonderful resource for people interested in the original meaning of the Constitution. So, just as you might expect, such bloggers are prone to quoting chunks from them. (For example, here's a case of Randy Barnett quoting from № 78 over at The Volokh Conspiracy. Readers of Professor Barnett's post can't click through to the specific part of Federalist 78 he quotes, and so are deprived of easily learning the wider context of the quote.) Of course, there are various webbed versions of the Federalist Papers on the Internet already. Professor Barnett could have linked into one of them. Unfortunately, I haven't been able find one that was simultaneously nice-looking and useful (useful insofar as pinpoint linkability is concerned, at least). There are some that provide fine-grained linking, but frankly they look like Fisher-Price My First Website. So I went ahead and made federali.st, an online edition of the Federalist Papers which is pleasant to look at and provides paragraph-level permalinking."

Thanks Edward!

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