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The Federalist Papers. Jordan LaPorta. The Authors. Alexander Hamilton Lawyer Congressman under the Articles of Confederation Wrote fifty-one of the essays Later the first Treasury Secretary of the United States First Constitutional Lawyer. Authors. James Madison

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The federalist papers

The Federalist Papers

Jordan LaPorta


The authors

The Authors

  • Alexander Hamilton

    • Lawyer

    • Congressman under the Articles of Confederation

    • Wrote fifty-one of the essays

    • Later the first Treasury Secretary of the United States

    • First Constitutional Lawyer


Authors

Authors

  • James Madison

    • Member of the Constitutional Convention

    • Principle author of the constitution

    • Wrote twenty-nine of the essays

    • Secretary of State in the Jefferson Administration

    • Fourth President of the United States


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Authors

  • John Jay

    • Lawyer

    • Member of the first and second continental congresses

    • Congressmen under the AOC

    • Wrote five of the essays

    • First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


Purpose

Purpose

  • Fall of 1787 the Constitution was completed and sent to the state legislatures for ratification

    • New York was split over the issue

    • Influential Governor George Clinton was attempting to persuade against ratification

  • The Federalist was a series of eighty-five essays urging constitutional ratification

    • Serialized between Oct. 1787-May 1788 in The Independent Journal

    • Published under the Pseudonym Publius

    • Stressed a stronger central government and redundancy of the BOR


Prominent essays

Prominent Essays

  • Federalist No. 10 – Madison

    • The most referenced and debated of the Federalist papers

    • Advocates extended national republicanism to prevent demagoguery of majorities

  • Federalist No. 39 – Madison

    • Madison lays out in full the definition of what Federalism is

  • Federalist No. 51 – Madison

    • Argues for the Checks and Balances on the three branches

    • “Greatest reflection of all human nature”


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Prominent Essays

  • Federalist No. 70 – Hamilton

    • The one man chief executive

  • Federalist No. 78 – Hamilton

    • The Judiciary and Judiciary Review

  • Federalist No. 84 – Hamilton

    • The BOR is unnecessary because of provisions in the original text already protect the liberty of the people


Relevance today

Relevance Today

  • Foremost Authority on the Constitution

  • Best existing defense of Federal-Republicanism

  • Used By Historians and judges to determine the original intent of the framers


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