The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

by Publius

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The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles advocating the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven of the essays were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October 1787 and August 1788. A compilation of these and eight others, called The Federalist, was published in 1788 by J. and A. McLean.

The Federalist Papers serve as a primary source for interpretation of the Constitution, as they outline the philosophy and motivation of the proposed system of government. The authors of the Federalist Papers wanted to both influence the vote in favor of ratification and shape future interpretations of the Constitution. According to historian Richard B. Morris, they are an "incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer."

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BN ID: 2940148502821
Publisher: Tower Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

"Publius" was the name chosen by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay as the author of each of the eighty five Federalist Papers, published between October 1787 and August 1788 to advocate in favor of the new Constitution being drafted to replace the Articles of Confederation for governing the United States. The name honors Publius Valerius Publicola, a Roman consul who was among the founders of the Roman Republic.

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