John Jay: Federalist 2–5 and 64


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Throughout 1787 and 1788, Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton published a series of articles designed to persuade the public to support the new Constitution. The articles, published as The Federalist, each addressed some specific benefit to or rationale of the new institutional framework of the Constitution. Jay had expressed his concern over the institutional design of the Articles of Confederation in a variety of ways, and his apprehension...