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“Publius” and The Federalist Papers

November 30, 1786
Source: National Archives

James Madison, along with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay authored the Federalist Papers, a series of essays that advocated for the ratification of the Constitution. The essays articulated the Federalist position for a strong centralized government and a system of checks and balances. Writing under the pseudonym “Publius,” Madison authored twenty-nine of the eighty-five essays.

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