The Federalist Papers were a collection of eighty five essays promoting the ratification of the Constitution. They were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay in numerous New York newspapers. They were published within ten months with the first one having been published Oct. 27th of 1787 and the final one August 13th of 1788. The Federalist Papers were used to explain to the people of the newly established nation how the government under the Constitution would work and were used to persuade the people of New York to ratify the Constitution. Through these essays, Hamilton, Madison and Jay explained why ratifying would be the best option for this ‘firm league of friendship’ that was in dire need of a centralized government.
The topics covered in the Federalist Papers ranged from the dangers posed by foreign powers to collecting taxes to the structure of a new government. Specifically discussed for structure were the branches of government and what role they would each play. They were focused on how things like the Senate or other structural set-ups would work to unite the states and establish the new nation—a nation that would not only survive, but go on to thrive.