The Federalist Papers are a series of 85 articles advocating
the ratification of the United States Constitution. Seventy-seven of the essays
were published serially in The Independent Journal and The New York Packet
between October 1787 and August 1788. A compilation of these and eight others,
called The Federalist, was published in 1788 by J. and A. McLean.
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