The Federalist Papers' influence on the Constitution

The highest award granted by the Institute of Public Relations, the Alexander Hamilton Medal, honors the patriot's compelling communications campaign to win adoption of the U.S. constitution in 1787. Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote a total of 85 essays — called the Federalist Papers — which covered such fundamental principles as the division of government powers, legislative checks and balances, and establishment of an independent judiciary. The writings were so influential that each state eventually ratified the Constitution. Most of the same ideals set forth in the Federalist Papers are still in force in the U.S. today.
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