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The Federalist Papers

Posted on August 9, 2016 By

The Federalist Papers include a series of eighty-five letters written in the late 1780’s by three American patriots – Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison. The letters were published anonymously in major newspapers of the time to urge support for the proposed United States Constitution, which had yet to be adopted.

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Alexander Hamilton wrote two-thirds of the letters, specifically to address the objections of opponents who feared “a tyrannical central government that would supersede state’s rights and encroach on individual liberties.”

The letters were later published in book form as The Federalist in 1788, which is available today as The Federalist Papers.  Compiled by scholars who drew on many available versions of the papers, it reflects a critical period in American history and serves as a stunning commentary on the issues facing our struggling nation during its Founding years.