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The Federalist Papers: How They Shaped America. Amanda Hall History 131: American History I November 14, 2016
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American, a land that stands for freedom and liberty. Over the course of history many documents have helped define this great country: the Declaration of Independence,the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights just to name a few. One of America’s greatest overlooked treasures is a collection of documents: The Federalist Papers. Written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison the eighty-five essays defending the American Constitution were originally published in various New York newspapers under the pseudonym Publius. 1 The Federalist Papers were Alexander Hamilton’s brainchild; he enlisted John Jay because he felt he needed the help to maintain the publication rate he desired. Jay soon fell ill and he and Hamilton searched for a third member to pick up Jay’s slack. They eventually settled on Madison. Hamilton and Madison’s collaboration took the venture to new heights, expanding the number of essays from the planned 20-25 papers to the astounding 85 that we have today. 2 The Federalist Papers are a plea to the public, they are simply trying to persuade the public to favor the Constitution. At the same time Publius was publishing the Federalist Papers, fervently trying to persuade the public of the need for strong, yet limited central government, Robert Yates (a New York delegate) was publishing articles attacking the constitution under the name of Brutus. 3 In fact Hamilton began publishing the Federalist Papers to combat Brutus’ attack on the Constitution. Brutus felt that the Constitution gave too much power to the federal government and that it would lead to a corrupt system. Today, many believe Brutus’ predictions and fears of a 1 Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers (New York: New American Library, 2003), x-xi 2 Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, The Federalist Papers, xi-xii 3 Anonymous, “Federalists, Anti-Federalists and Understanding History” The Wall Street Journal , May 2012
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ratified Constitution and a strong federal government have come true. These people believe the
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