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The Federalist

Federalist, The, series of papers on the proposed new U.S. Constitution that originally appeared in New York newspapers in 1787–88. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the papers had a major influence on ratification of the Constitution. Later published in book form, the papers both argued logically and appealed to prejudice by emphasizing the weakness in the Articles of the Confederation, the dangers in British sea power and Spanish intrigue, and the need for a strong central government. The Federalist is considered a comprehensive analysis of the means by which the ideals of justice, general welfare, and individual rights could be realized.

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