The Federalist Papers - or simply, The Federalist - are a series of 85 articles or essays that advocate the ratification of the US Constitution. Most were originally published in the major newspapers of the day in serial form between October 1787 and August 1788. At this time their authorship was a well-kept secret, but it would be later known that it was Hamilton, Madison, and Jay - the three of whom signed the essays "Publius" in honor of Roman consul Publius Valerius Publicola.
The Federalist Papers are a key set of documents for the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, and they offer lucid and compelling descriptions of the separation of powers, limits on the branches of the government, and how political power should be highly limited. These articles helped to rally the US people to accept the The U.S. Constitution, and to allay their fears that the central government might become a kind of monarchy.
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