What Was the Significance of "The Federalist Papers"?

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The Federalist Papers are a collection of 85 letters written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay between 1787 and 1788. These letters were sent to newspapers, and their goal was to promote the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. They were essentially a PR campaign for the United States Constitution and championed American ideals that we still celebrate today.

Prior to the Federalist Papers and the Constitution, the original colonies used the Articles of Confederacy to establish the United States. Basic principles that are associated with the Constitution, however, like free speech and the right to a well-regulated militia are not present. Without the Federalist Papers, the United States would be a different country altogether.