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Alexander Hamilton


Constitution and Federalism II: 1787–1788

Summary Constitution and Federalism II: 1787–1788

The Federalist Papers were not meant to be an impartial analyses of the benefits and drawbacks of the new Constitution–rather, they were written as intellectual propaganda. The content of the Federalist Papers can be divided into five distinct sections. The first deals with the benefits the nation would receive from a strong national government. The second segment addresses the weakness of the Articles of Confederation. Hamilton wrote the third section entirely by himself to address the strengths of the Constitution. The fourth section defends the Constitution against claims that it violates "Republican principles." Finally, the last section explains the details of the new government and its different parts

Hamilton's plan worked. New Yorkers throughout the state voted for ratification of the Constitution, and became the eleventh state to do so. New York's ratification can be attributed almost solely to Hamilton's efforts as coordinating author of the Federalist Papers and as a speaker and debater.

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