This Day in History: Alexander Hamilton, the Federalist Papers, & the Constitution

On this day in 1787, “Publius” publishes an essay defending the Constitution in several New York newspapers. Publius?! Publius who? Most modern Americans have never heard of him. How unfortunate. The collection of works written by Publius was critical to the establishment of our Constitution. We’ve been living with our Constitution for so long that […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 85

On this day in 1788, the last Federalist Paper was published! Thanks to all of you who have persevered with me through the entire series. Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) delivers his concluding remarks on the new Constitution then being proposed to the states, including some final thoughts on whether amendments are needed before the Constitution is […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 84

At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 84. His essay would later appear in a bound volume with other Federalist essays (see below). Hamilton addresses miscellaneous objections to the Constitution. He first addresses the most obvious concern of many Americans at the time: The Constitution then lacked […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 83

At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 83. His essay would later appear in a bound volume with other Federalist essays (see below). You guessed it. Hamilton is STILL talking about the judiciary. This time, he is talking about the provisions regarding trial by jury. Article III […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 82

At about this time in 1788, Alexander Hamilton (a.k.a. Publius) was writing Federalist Paper No. 82. His essay would later appear in a bound volume with other Federalist essays (see below). The ever-verbose Hamilton is STILL talking about the judiciary. What will happen to the state courts under the new Constitution? Hamilton begins by noting […]