The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison, and Jay

Between October 1787 and August 1788, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote and submitted eighty-five seemingly persuasive essays to various New York newspapers.Their essential goal was to convince the people of New York to support the new Constitution that was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787.If they could not sway the people of New York the new country would have been split in half therefore welcoming tension between the two sides as well as foreign invaders. Their success resulted in the uniting of a single power under which we still stand today.
The authors were all but subtle in the introduction of the essays.They put the fate of the new Constitution in the hands of one of the bigger, more populous states as well as one of the three most important states.They sought federalism, the mixture of unitary and confederate governments, thus granting the states local power, but also a strong centralized power.They believed that "between individual freedom and social order" and "between a tyrannical government and a government too weak to be effective" was a middle ground in which the new Constitution would settle.(Gilbert-Rolfe, 1).
The Federalist Papers are probably the most important documentation of the road traveled to the ratification of the new Constitution. This is in fact where we originated as a country. They play such an important role in American history, without them there may well have not been a United States.
In America: Past and Present, Divine, one author, points out some of the more important papers written.In paper no. 10, Madison'sfirst contribution, he states the problem with the influence of factions or political groups, which is "especially relevant to political problems faced today." (Gilbert-Rolfe, 10).He believes the new Constitution will solve this problem and that is another reason to vote for it.Today in America we have the same prob…


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