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The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers

Author: Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison

Year Published: 1788

Description: A series of 85 essays, The Federalist Papers were drafted and disseminated in three New York newspapers to promote ratification of the U.S. Constitution by espousing the virtues of self-government.  Upon publication as a compilation due to high demand, the title was simply The Federalist; the addition of 'Papers' did not occur until much later.  Furthermore, the authors were not disclosed, although some on both sides of the debate recognized the three voices.  They were mounted as a defense against a series of anonymous articles opposing the Constitution—the 'Anti-Federalist Papers.'

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