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The Federalist Papers

The Complete Federalist Papers with author bios and notes.

The Federalist Papers

The Constitution of the United States of America was adopted on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Not yet ratified by the separate state conventions, the Federalist Papers were written to defend the new constitution and to encourage its ratification. The papers consist of 85 essays published between October 1787 and August 1788 and were written by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. The papers were first published in the New York newspapers, The New York Packet, The Daily Advertiser, and The Independent Journal, which published the first Federalist Paper on October 27, 1787.

Madison is credited with being the chief architect of the Constitution who became the fourth President of the United States. Hamilton became the first Secretary of the Treasury and John Jay became the first Supreme Court Chief Justice of the United States.

Their Importance

The Federalist Papers were not only a defence of The U. S. Constitution, they are a complete exposition of the nature of the New Government that would be formed under that Constitution, organized as follows:

  1. The Importance of the Union—essays 1-14.
  2. Defects of the Articles of Confederation—essays 15-22.
  3. Arguments for the Type of Government Contained in the Constitution—essays 23-36.
  4. The Republican Form of Government—essays 37-51.
  5. The Legislative Branch—essays 52-66.
  6. The Executive Branch—essays 67-77.
  7. The Judicial Branch—essays 78-83.
  8. Conclusions and Miscellaneous Ideas—essays 84-85.
The Federalist Papers are considered the ultimate authority on the views of the founders and the original interpretation and intent of the Constitution. They are absolutely essential to any study of that period of America's history or Constitutional law.


This edition of the Federalist Papers includes all eighty five original essays as well as "Notes on the Federalist Papars" and a brief biography of each of the writers, created especially for this WEBdidactic™ publication.


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