A Timeline of the Essential Federalist Papers


Federalist No. 1

October 27, 1787

Hamilton’s introduction to the Federalist effort, framing the importance of the public debate to come.

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Federalist No. 9

November 21, 1787

“The Union As A Safeguard Against Domestic Faction And Insurrection”

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Federalist No. 10

November 22, 1787

“Among the numerous advantages promised by a well constructed union, none deserves to be more accurately developed, than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.”

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Federalist No. 37

January 11, 1788

“Concerning The Difficulties Of The Convention In Devising A Proper Form Of Government”

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Federalist No. 39

January 16, 1788

“The Conformity Of The Plan To Republican Principles”

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Federalist No. 45

January 26, 1788

“The Alleged Danger From The Powers Of The Union To The State Governments Considered”

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Federalist No. 51

February 6, 1788

“To what expedient then shall we finally resort, for maintaining in practice the necessary partition of power among the several departments, as laid down in the constitution?”

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Federalist No. 55

February 13, 1788

“THE number of which the House of Representatives is to consist forms another and a very interesting point of view under which this branch of the federal legislature may be contemplated.”

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Federalist No. 63

March 1, 1788

“The Senate Continued”

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Federalist No. 70

March 15, 1788

“The Executive Department Further Considered”

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Federalist No. 71

March 18, 1788

“There is an idea, which is not without its advocates, that a vigorous executive is inconsistent with the genius of republican government. The enlightened well-wishers to this species of government must at least hope that the supposition is destitute of foundation…”

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Federalist No. 78

May 28, 1788

“A View of The Constitution of the Judicial Department in Relation to the Tenure of Good Behaviour”

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Federalist No. 84

July 16, 1788

“Certain General and Miscellaneous Objections to the Constitution Considered and Answered”

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