In the late 1780s, when a new Constitution, intended to replace the Articles of Confederation, had been completed at the Philadelphia Convention, a nation-wide debate was sparked. Some argued that the Constitution was the best way to maintain unity amongst the states. Others argued that it would lead to a tyrannical government which would encroach on individual liberties.
Among those who weighed in on the issue were celebrated statesmen and nationalists, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Together, they wrote a series of letters to newspapers under the pseudonym “Publius,” arguing that the Constitution would preserve the Union and empower the federal government to act decisively in the national interest.
Filled with compelling arguments and elegant rhetoric, these papers were widely read, and played an enormous role in the ratification of the Constitution. Published in book form as The Federalist in 1788, these essays are an excellent reference for anyone who wants to understand the US Constitution.
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[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.”
—Richard B. Morris, historian