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, which were eventually published as pamphlets and magazine articles throughout the United States. On the average, four essays were published each week, and these became collectively known as the Federalist Papers. All three authors used the pseudonym Publius to make it seem as if a single common man had written all the essays. Historians therefore do not know exactly how many essays Hamilton wrote, but from the tone of the essays, it is believed that he authored fifty-two on his own, and may have assisted in writing at least fifteen others.
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