“These times more than most teach us with urgency that it is up to us—as it was for “Publius”—to do our best to bring the wisdom of the ages to bear on our circumstances and our crisis, right now.”


In September 1787, a new Constitution had miraculously come forth from the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. But it would remain mere paper until ratified by 9 of the 13 states. Criticism of the Constitution began pouring into the press even before the Constitution was made public. In response, over the next 8 months, 3 founders, under the pseudonym “Publius,” published 85 essays in New York newspapers defending and explaining the proposed Constitution.