Federalist essays are one of the most important contributions to political thought made in America. Beginning on October 27, 1787 the Federalist Papers were first published in the New York press under the signature of "Publius".
The essays were published in a book form in 1788, with an introduction by Alexander Hamilton. Subsequently, they were printed and translated to many languages. The pseudonym "Publius" was used by three men: John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. John Jay is responsible for five of the 85 articles. The Federalist was meant to be influential in the campaign for the adoption of the Constitution by New York State. The authors not only discussed the issues of the constitution, but also many general problems of politics.
The Federalist Papers appeared in three New York newspapers: The Independent Journal, the New-York Packet, and the Daily Advertiser, beginning on October 27, 1787.
According to historian Richard B. Morris, they are an "incomparable exposition of the American Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer."