This volume presents a collection of crucial documents in American history, the Federalist Papers, which historian Richard B. Morris calls 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.” These 85 articles and essays—by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—were written to explain and support the newly finished Constitution, with the goal of persuading individuals and states to see the need for a stronger constitution. With powerful arguments and elegant rhetoric, these papers were widely read, and played an enormous role leading to the ratification of the Constitution. Published under the shared pen name Publius from 1787 to 1788, the majority of these texts were published serially in newspapers The Independent Journal and The New York Packet. The collection of these 77, plus eight additional papers, was published as The Federalist: or, The New Constitution in 1788.
- Presents the complete text of all 85 Federalist Papers
- Offers a window into the political and historical climate of the early United States
- Provides powerful and comprehensive exposition of the role of and need for the Constitution