Written primarily by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, the Federalist Papers were a series of newspaper columns published to build public support for adoption of the US Constitution as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation. They are often quoted today to build support for particular points of view.
- Federalist Papers Suggest Ways to Improve Presidential Elections
- Dangers of Populism Or Too Much Democracy
- Does U.S. Suffer From Too Much Faith in the Common People?
- Trump Has Made My Political Science Students Skeptical of the Federalist Papers. “They used to love the Federalist Papers. Now they see holes in the essays’ arguments.” By David Lay Williams, DePauw University, in Washington Post.
- The Anti-federalist Papers were written in response to the Federalist Papers, and published in newspapers as part of a national debate among Americans over what kind of government people wanted to have. These two documents led to the formation of the first two political parties in America. But the Anti-federalist Papers are rarely read or assigned in college classes because they were thought to represent a losing and antiquated political philosophy, calling for what today would be a radically decentralized, weak national government promoting disunity, regional and sectional interests over those of an American nation. They advocated “a localist fear of a powerful central government, a belief in the necessity of direct citizen participation in democracy, and a distrust of wealthy merchants and industrialists,” as one scholar summarized them.