FEDERALIST PAPERS by Jay, Madison, Hamilton
IMPORTANT PATRIOTS OF THEIR DAY ARGUE IN FAVOR OF THE US CONSTITUTION
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During 1787 and 1788 a dramatic debate took place in the United States over the content of the newly proposed constitution. Qustions of government that rang true over the mellenia came into sharp focus with the free male population at large standing to gain a voice in politics. Delegates argued over how strong the national government should be, about taxation, a brill of rights, standing armies, the nature of representative systems, and about the judiciary. A unique set of articles by John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton pleaded the case for the constitution as written and won the day. Their pleadings, Federalist Papers, preserved the case for the constitution just as the Anti-Federalist Papers took the opposite side.
James Madison, the person historians recognized as father of the
United States Constitution, did not end his quest after writing the
document and getting it approved by a majority of delagates. He went
to work with his allies John Jay and Alexander Hamilton to write an
historic series of articles defendeing and promoting the Constitution
to the population and to the state legislatures. We know these articles
today as the Federalist Papers.
The contest for approved was by no means an easy battle, as opposing
allies wrote their articles in an equally articulate series known as the
Anti-Federalist Papers (See the Pavilion Press book under the same
The newspapers were the Independent Journal , the New-York Packet
, and the Daily Advertiser , all based in New York. Other papers
throughout the colonies printed an array of articles both for and
against the Constitution. Charges and countercharges were the rule of
the day as each side printed its views.
As we know, the Constitution won the day, but the document we use
today incorporates some of the demands of the opposition, most
notably the Bill of Rights. Other arguments continue today and
include the size and powers of government, taxation, standing armies,
who can vote, and the nature of Congress and the judiciary.
James Madison later served as President, John Jay as the first
Supreme Court Chief Justice, and Alexander Hamilton, as cabinet
member and influencial statesman.