US Constitution as explained by the Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers were a series of newspaper editorials written over the course of 1787 to 1788 to New Yorkers to convince them to ratify the US Constitution. Ratify means to adopt it into Law.
These letters were written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay to explain the US Constitution and the new system of government that it would establish in the United States of America. The general public was not privy to the information discussed during the Constitutional Conventions – there were no such thing as video cameras then – so a lot of the information about what was happening with this new system of government was distorted and outright lies to make the people fearful by those who did not want a federal government system and instead wanted state control.
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At the time, the current Articles of the Confederation was limited government state control and it was creating a monarchial system within the states that were suppressing the residents’ rights. America was on a brink of War as big states tried to push their power to control access to waterways and other resources. This is why a new system of law was necessary. One that created a federal government who would be authorized to create laws on behalf of all the states that had to follow the guidelines and standards of the Supreme Law of the Land – the U.S. Constitution.