The Federalist Papers


In 1787, the first in a series of 85 essays arguing for ratification of the proposed U.S. Constitution appeared in the Independent Journal, under the pseudonym "Publius." Addressed to "the People of the State of New York," the essays—now known as the Federalist Papers—were actually written by the statesmen

James Madison
James Madison
and John Jay, leading supporters of the Constitution and the strong national government it created. They would be published serially from 1787-88 in several New York newspapers.