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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”
prominent essays1
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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