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The 85 Federalist Papers were written between October 1787 and May 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Through publishing them, the authors hoped to both explain the new Constitution to the people of America and to garner their support for it. Originally published anonymously, under the name "Publius," the Federalist Papers appeared in various New York state newspapers of the period.

 

Why we must form a Union

No. 1 General Introduction HAMILTON

No. 2 Concerning Dangers from Foreign Force and Influence JAY

No. 3 Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence JAY

No. 4 Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence JAY

No. 5 Concerning Dangers From Foreign Force and Influence JAY

No. 6 Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States HAMILTON

No. 7 Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States HAMILTON

No. 8 The Consequences of Hostilities Between the States HAMILTON

No. 9 The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection HAMILTON

No. 10 The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection MADISON

No. 11 The Utility of the Union in Respect to Commercial Relations and a Navy HAMILTON

No. 12 The Utility of the Union In Respect to Revenue HAMILTON

No. 13 Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government HAMILTON

No. 14 Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered MADISON

Problems in the Articles of Confederation

No. 15 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON

No. 16 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON

No. 17 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON

No. 18 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON AND MADISON

No. 19 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON AND MADISON

No. 20 The Insufficiency of the Present Confederation to Preserve the Union HAMILTON AND MADISON

No. 21 Other Defects of the Present Confederation HAMILTON

No. 22 Other Defects of the Present Confederation HAMILTON

The types of government in the Constitution

No. 23 The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One Proposed to the Preservation of the Union HAMILTON

No. 24 The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered HAMILTON

No. 25 The Powers Necessary to the Common Defense Further Considered HAMILTON

No. 26 The Idea of Restraining the Legislative Authority in Regard to the Common Defense Considered HAMILTON

No. 27 The Idea of Restraining the Legislative Authority in Regard to the Common Defense Considered HAMILTON

No. 28 The Idea of Restraining the Legislative Authority in Regard to the Common Defense Considered HAMILTON

No. 29 Concerning the Militia HAMILTON

No. 30 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 31 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 32 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 33 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 34 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 35 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

No. 36 Concerning the General Power of Taxation HAMILTON

On the Republican form of government

No. 37 Concerning the Difficulties of the Convention in Devising a Proper Form of Government MADISON

No. 38 The Same Subject Continued, and the Incoherence of the Objections to the New Plan Exposed MADISON

No. 39 The Conformity of the Plan to Republican Principles MADISON

No. 40 The Powers of the Convention to Form a Mixed Government Examined and Sustained MADISON

No. 41 General View of the Powers Conferred by The Constitution MADISON

No. 42 The Powers Conferred by the Constitution Further Considered MADISON

No. 43 The Powers Conferred by the Constitution Further Considered MADISON

No. 44 Restrictions on the Authority of the Several States MADISON

No. 45 The Alleged Danger From the Powers of the Union to the State Governments Considered MADISON

No. 46 The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared MADISON

No. 47 The Particular Structure of the New Government and the Distribution of Power Among Its Different Parts MADISON

No. 48 These Departments Should Not Be So Far Separated as to Have No Constitutional Control Over Each Other MADISON

No. 49 Method of Guarding Against the Encroachments of Any One Department of Government by Appealing to the People Through a Convention HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 50 Periodical Appeals to the People Considered HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 51 The Structure of the Government Must Furnish the Proper Checks and Balances Between the Different Departments HAMILTON OR MADISON

On the Legislative Branch - House and Senate

No. 52 The House of Representatives HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 53 The House of Representatives (con't) HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 54 The Apportionment of Members Among the States HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 55 The Total Number of the House of Representatives HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 56 The Total Number of the House of Representatives (con't) HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 57 The Alleged Tendency of the New Plan to Elevate the Few at the Expense of the Many Considered in Connection with Representation HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 58 Objection That The Number of Members Will Not Be Augmented as the Progress of Population Demands Considered MADISON

No. 59 Concerning the Power of Congress to Regulate the Election of Members HAMILTON

No. 60 Concerning the Power of Congress to Regulate the Election of Members (con't) HAMILTON

No. 61 Concerning the Power of Congress to Regulate the Election of Members (con't) HAMILTON

No. 62 The Senate HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 63 The Senate (con't) HAMILTON OR MADISON

No. 64 The Powers of the Senate JAY

No. 65 The Powers of the Senate (con't) HAMILTON

No. 66 Objections to the Power of the Senate To Set as a Court for Impeachments Further Considered HAMILTON

On the Executive Branch - The President

No. 67 The Executive Department HAMILTON

No. 68 The Mode of Electing the President HAMILTON

No. 69 The Real Character of the Executive HAMILTON

No. 70 The Executive Department Further Considered HAMILTON

No. 71 The Duration in Office of the Executive HAMILTON

No. 72 The Same Subject Continued, and Re-Eligibility of the Executive Considered HAMILTON

No. 73 The Provision For The Support of the Executive, and the Veto Power HAMILTON

No. 74 The Command of the Military and Naval Forces, and the Pardoning Power of the Executive HAMILTON

No. 75 The Treaty-Making Power of the Executive HAMILTON

No. 76 The Appointing Power of the Executive HAMILTON

No. 77 The Appointing Power Continued and Other Powers of the Executive Considered HAMILTON

On the Judicial Branch

No. 78 The Judiciary Department HAMILTON

No. 79 The Judiciary (con't) HAMILTON

No. 80 The Powers of the Judiciary HAMILTON

No. 81 The Judiciary Continued, and the Distribution of the Judicial Authority HAMILTON

No. 82 The Judiciary Continued HAMILTON

No. 83 The Judiciary Continued in Relation to Trial by Jury HAMILTON

Miscellaneous observations and closing remarks

No. 84 Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered HAMILTON

No. 85 Concluding Remarks HAMILTON

 

 

 

 

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