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"It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country." Thomas Jefferson

The Federalist Papers (1787-1788)

THE FEDERALIST PAPERS were written by Alexander Hamilton (who formulated the idea to write the series), James Madison, and John Jay (both of whom Hamilton selected to help him). The Federalist Papers not only ably served their purpose in defending the Constitution, but in explaining its passages and intent. It continues to be widely acknowledged as one of (if not the) most authoritative writings on the Constitution.


If Madison was a Decmocratic-Republican, why did he write the Federalist papers? Did he change his views?

August 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM  

Hi Kieran! I am so glad you visited! Your comments are more than welcome.

Yes, Madison did change his views somewhat, after the Constitution was adopted by all the states, in 1788.

Before the Constitution was ratified, there really was no "Democratic-Republican" party. There were just the "Federalists" (pro-Constitution) and the "Anti-Federalists" (anti-Constitution).

James Madison helped write the Constitution, along with Alexander Hamilton and the other delegates. Hamilton and Madison believed that the federal government needed more authority to do the things that the state governments couldn't do, and to keep the states from warring against each other. Hamilton, Madison, and Jay wrote the Federalist Papers to convince the nation that the federal government needed to be more efficient, and that the Constitution was the best way to make it efficient, and still preserve liberty, at the same time.

Later, after the Federalist Papers were written, and the Constitution was ratified, Madison became even more greatly influenced by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson believed that the states didn't need as many restraints, and that they could do whatever they deemed fit, and that state law trumped federal law in the cases in which the states felt fit.

Madison changed his mind from believing that the federal government should be able to nullify state laws contrary to the Constitution, to taking a position that was closer to Jefferson's. Together, they opposed Treasury Sec. Hamilton and President Washington (for the most part), and led what was called the Democratic-Republic party, like you said.

That is a rather long "yes" to your question, but I hope that it satisfactorily explained.

God bless you, and have fun looking around my (many) blogs!

August 25, 2008 at 2:09 PM  

Thanks, that has always confused me a little bit and I didn't really understand what happened. I believe Jefferson-Madison-Monroe(Virginians) were all hand-picked successors to each other, if I remember correctly.

August 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM  


December 27, 2008 at 8:32 AM  

Hello to you, Thankful Paul! Welcome to my blog, and thank you for visiting.

I am looking forward to reading your blogs, which I have bookmarked. I have always been interested in missionary work.

God bless.

December 27, 2008 at 9:43 AM  

Hi, this is Mike over at Americana Phonic. Just wanted to let you know that the site has been revamped, and all the links have changed. The Federalist Papers audio can now be found at:


April 15, 2009 at 6:07 AM  

Welcome to my blog, Mike! And thanks for the notification. I fixed the link.

Great site, and great new look!

April 15, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

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