The Truth About the Federalist Papers: The Nuts and Bolts

By: Shawn Brodof

The Federalist Papers were written and published in New York newspapers in 1787-1788 in order to sway public opinion to approve and ratify the newly devised United States Constitution. The essays were written by three prominent members of the founding generation – Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

I consider these essays a user’s guide for the Constitution and they deserve at least a perfunctory understanding. Short of reading the debates from the constitutional convention and the state ratification debates, the Federalist Papers provide some of the best insights into the United States Constitution.

This is the first in a three-part podcast series on the Federalist Papers.

In this episode, I cover the basics – the nuts and bolts so to speak, including the perceived weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and the arguments for a stronger centralized government. We review the benefits of a republican form of government and the limited nature of the newly formed general (federal) government.