The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers – by Dr. Larry Arnn and Hillsdale College faculty — This ten-lecture series looks at what has become recognized as the foremost American contribution to political thought. Originally published as 85 essays that appeared principally in New York newspapers between October 1787 and August 1788, authors Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay eloquently expounded on the nature of the government that would arise from the Constitution then being ratified by the states and the theory behind its structure. Although the essays had little, if any, influence on the ratification process itself — by the time the last essay was published eight states had already ratified the Constitution and Connecticut would ratify the following month, making the Constitution the law of the land — once compiled and published as a book, its influence grew enormously to the point where it was often cited as authoritative in decisions issued by the Supreme Court.

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