The Federalist Papers were a radical series of thoughts and demands that boldly called for revisions to the Articles of Confederation, printed in newspapers – most notably in New York state by The Independent Journal and The New York Packet – for all to read.
James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton were key figures in American history and, through their 85 essays in the Federalist Papers, sought to convince the public that the proposed constitution at the Constitutional Convention was necessary for good government.
There had been reluctance on the part of some influential citizens in states like New York to support the ratification of the new constitution for fear that the republican government it would institute would be too powerful and eventually become more tyrannical.
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