Federalist Paper Fridays

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"Federalist Paper Friday" is a social media initiative to take our members on a yearlong journey through all 51 federalist essays written by Hamilton. Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get the newest content. The summaries, quotes, and fun facts will all be placed here for reference:


Numbers 1-16   

Numbers 17-29 (Coming Soon - Check Back Over The Year) 

Numbers 30-61 (Coming Soon - Check Back Over The Year) 

Numbers 65-74 (Coming Soon - Check Back Over The Year)  

Numbers 75-85 (Coming Soon - Check Back Over The Year) 

Federalist Papers


Federalist No. 1: General Introduction

In this essay, Hamilton declares his full support for the Union and adopting the Constitution.

"Decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force."

Fun Fact: Why did Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay use the pseudonym "Publius" when writing the Federalist essays? It was after Publius Valerius, one of the founders of the Roman Republic!

Federalist No. 6: Concerning Dangers From Dissensions Between the States

Hamilton cites historical examples from ancient Rome to Shay’s Rebellion proving why the states could not be separate without it ending in war.

“To look for a continuation of harmony between a number of independent, unconnected sovereignties situated in the same neighborhood would be to disregard the uniform course of human events, and to set at defiance the accumulated experience of ages.”

Fun Fact: Hamilton approached Gouveneur Morris to help write some of the essays, but he declined the offer.

Federalist No. 7: Continues "Concerning Dangers From Dissensions Between States"

Hamilton says without a union to act as umpire, territorial disputes, commercial competition, problems regarding the public debt, and laws contrary to private contracts will lead the separated states to war.

“For it is an observation, as true as it is trite, that there is nothing men differ so readily about as the payment of money.” - No. 7 proving why individual states could not handle public debt unless they are united.

“Divide et impera (Divide and command) must be the motto of every nation that either hates or fears us.” 


Federalist No. 8: “The Consequences of Hostilities Between The States”

Hamilton warns that larger states will continuously invade smaller ones if they are not united under a common constitution and that constant war between states will breed a militaristic culture that impedes civil liberties. Citizens, out of fear from endless battles, would become subservient to the military and less free.

“If we should be disunited…our liberties would be a prey to the means of defending ourselves against the ambition & jealousy of each other.”

Fun Fact: John Jay only wrote five of the Federalist essays because he fell seriously ill after writing four, recovered, published the fifth, and then was hit by a brick in a New York street riot.

2011 Federalist Paper Fridays. (c) 2016 The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
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