Hamilton rushed home to New York to begin his campaign to convince the people of New York to ratify the Constitution. This task was the most difficult of the entire process, because many state leaders and citizens feared that a strong national government would violate the freedom they had recently won from Great Britain. The campaign was particularly difficult for Hamilton in New York, where his former colleagues Robert Yates and John Lansing had been working with Governor George Clinton to campaign against ratification of the new Constitution. New Yorkers were essentially convinced that any new and stronger national government would eliminate their liberty. To combat the Anti-Federalists in his home state, Hamilton decided to write a series of essays to convince the people that the Constitution was essential to their liberty. Hamilton enlisted John Jay and James Madison to assist him in writing the essays,
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