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The Federalist Papers, #84, 1788

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The Federalist Papers were written by supporters of the United States Constitution. The Constitution had been drafted and approved by the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787. The final step to make the document the supreme law of the land was for nine of the 13 states to ratify it. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote a series of essays that were printed anonymously in newspapers to persuade Americans to support ratification.

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • What, according to Hamilton, is the objection to the Constitution? How does Hamilton respond to that objection?
  • What is Hamilton’s claim to support his position that there does not need to be a Bill of Rights? Does Hamilton convince you? Explain.

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The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. 1787-1788.