The Federalist Papers: No. 4

On this day in 1787, Federalist Paper No. 4 was published. It was another in the series of essays defending the Constitution to the American people, who were then considering whether to adopt it. The first 14 Federalist Papers can sound VERY pro-national government—perhaps surprisingly so! The Founders were supposed to be in favor of […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 3

On this day in 1787, Federalist Paper No. 3 was published. Eventually, 85 papers would be written in defense of the new Constitution…..85 essays! Just think about that. The American people were so interested and so involved in the creation of their new government that there was an audience for 85 long essays in the […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 2

On this day in 1787, the second in a series of essays defending the Constitution was published in New York’s Independent Journal. Ultimately, 85 of these Federalist Papers would be written: They have been called “the most important work in political science that has ever been written, or is likely ever to be written, in […]

The Federalist Papers: No. 1

On this day in 1787, “Publius” published an essay defending the Constitution in several New York newspapers.  Eventually, 85 of these essays would be published. Each defended a different aspect of the new Constitution that had just been proposed to the states. Collectively, these essays came to be known as “The Federalist Papers.” To put […]