THE FEDERALIST PAPERS - [A Complete Illustrated Compilation with Annotations]
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THE FEDERALIST PAPERS - A Complete Compilation of Documents, Illustrations, & Audio NarrationsThis Compilation Also Contains Additional Quotes & Speeches Given by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay.The Federalist Papers are aMoreTHE FEDERALIST PAPERS - A Complete Compilation of Documents, Illustrations, & Audio NarrationsThis Compilation Also Contains Additional Quotes & Speeches Given by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay.The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles or essays promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Seventy-seven of the essays were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet between October of 1787 and August 1788. A compilation of these and eight others, called The Federalist- or, The New Constitution, was published in two volumes in 1788 by J. and A. McLean. The series correct title is The Federalist- the title The Federalist Papers did not emerge until the twentieth century.The authors of The Federalist Papers wanted to influence the vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution.However, the authors of the Federalist papers also had a greater plan in mind. According to Federalist 1:It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.According to historian Richard B. Morris, they are an incomparable exposition of the Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer.At the time of publication, the authorship of the articles was a closely guarded secret, though astute observers guessed that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay were the likely authors. Following Hamiltons death in 1804, a list that he drew up became public- it claimed fully two-thirds of the essays for Hamilton, including some that seemed more likely the work of Madison (Nos. 49-58, 62, and 63). The scholarly detective work of Douglass Adair in 1944 postulated the following assignments of authorship, corroborated in 1964 by a computer analysis of the text:> Alexander Hamilton (51 articles: nos. 1, 6–9, 11–13, 15–17, 21–36, 59–61, and 65–85)> James Madison (26 articles: nos. 10, 14, 37–58 and 62–63)> John Jay (5 articles: 2–5 and 64).> Nos. 18–20 were the result of a collaboration between Madison and Hamilton.The authors used the pseudonym Publius, in honor of Roman consul Publius Valerius Publicola. While some historians credit Thomas Jeffersons influence, it is Madison who often now receives greater foundational credit as the father of the Constitution despite his repeated rejection of the honor during his lifetime. Madison became a leading member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia (1789–1797), Secretary of State (1801–1809), and ultimately the fourth President of the United States. Hamilton, who had been a leading advocate of national constitutional reform throughout the 1780s and represented New York at the Constitutional Convention, in 1789 became the first Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held until his resignation in 1795. John Jay, who had been secretary for foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation from 1784 through their expiration in 1789, became the first Chief Justice of the United States in 1789, stepping down in 1795 to accept election as governor of New York, a post he held for two terms, retiring in 1801.