Federalist No. 70

AP US Government and Politics


  1. What do you think Federalist No. 70 is about?

  2. Use Federalist No. 70 in a sentence that wouldn’t bring tears to your GoPo teacher’s eyes. For example, don’t write: Federalist No. 70 was right after Federalist No. 69.

  3. Think of an example of the ideas from Federalist No. 70 in current events:

  4. Find an image that is not too naughty of Federalist No. 70:

Fun Fact (this fun fact is a fun quiz!!!!)


Federalist No. 70: The Federalist Papers were a series of eighty-five essays urging the citizens of New York to ratify the new United States Constitution. Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, the essays originally appeared anonymously in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788 under the pen name "Publius."

Federalist No. 70, written by Alexander Hamilton addresses the necessity of a strong executive to lead the government.

The present United States Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation on March 4, 1789.


Federalist No. 70 argued that under the Articles of Confederation our government had no strong executive and that the Constitution remedied that by creating a strong Presidency in Article II of the Constitution.


House Democrats declare Trump obstructed justice




  1. Why did the author(s) (Publius) write the federalist papers?

  2. What was the main point Publius made in Federalist No. 70?

  3. If The Federalist Papers aren’t a part of the Constitution, why do federal judges often quote them in their rulings?

  4. If the Federalist papers had NOT been written and the Constitution had not been ratified, how different would our country be today?

  5. Imagine that we did not have a strong executive branch. Describe how that would impact American politics.

AP Studio Art

Now draw Federalist No. 70! Take 10 or 20 seconds. That’s all you need. Nothing fancy. Don’t expect a masterpiece. Draw with symbols or stick figures if you wish. Now Look at your drawing. You’ve got it. That’s all.