Publius Valerius Publicola (or Poplicola, his surname meaning “friend of the people”) (d. 503 BC) was a Roman consul, the colleague of Lucius Junius Brutus in 509 BC, traditionally considered the first year of the Roman Republic.

The Federalist Papers were written and published during the years 1787 and 1788 in several New York State newspapers to persuade New York voters to ratify the proposed constitution. They consist of 85 essays outlining the structure and function our new government should take. These essays were signed “Publius” and most scholars believe the authors to have been: Alexander Hamilton who wrote 52, James Madison who wrote 28, and John Jay who contributed the remaining five.

“The Federalist Papers remain today as an excellent reference for anyone who wants to understand the U.S. Constitution.”

The foundation of American Government starts with the Declaration, Constitution, and almost as important, The Federalist Papers.

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