Written following the Constitutional Convention of 1787, The Federalist Papers is the foremost American contribution to political thought.
Originally published as newspaper essays in New York, they were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay under the penname Publius.
The essays defended the merits of the Constitution as a necessary and good replacement for the Articles of Confederation, which had proven defective as a means of governance.
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About the Professor
Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College
He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School.
From 1977 to 1980, he also studied at the London School of Economics and at Worcester College, Oxford University, where he served as director of research for Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill.
From 1985 until his appointment as president of Hillsdale College in 2000, he was president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy.
He is the author of Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection Between the Declaration and the Constitution; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government (forthcoming)