James Madison and the Spirit of Republican Self-Government

ISBN-10: 0521727332
ISBN-13: 9780521727334
Edition: 2009
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Description: In the first study that combines an in-depth examination of Madison's National Gazette essays of 1791-92 with a study of The Federalist, Colleen Sheehan traces the evolution of Madison's conception of the politics of communication and public opinion  More...

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List price: $28.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

In the first study that combines an in-depth examination of Madison's National Gazette essays of 1791-92 with a study of The Federalist, Colleen Sheehan traces the evolution of Madison's conception of the politics of communication and public opinion throughout the Founding period, demonstrating how "the sovereign public" would form and rule in America. Contrary to those scholars who claim that Madison dispensed with the need to form an active and virtuous citizenry, Sheehan argues that Madison's vision for the new nation was informed by the idea of republican self-government, whose manifestation he sought to bring about in the spirit and way of life of the American people. Madison's story is "the story of an idea" - the idea of America.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations for Sources
Preface
Introduction: Madison's Legacy
Republican Opposition
The Federalist Agenda
Madison and the French Enlightenment
The Commerce of Ideas
The Politics of Public Opinion
Madison and Jefferson: An Appeal to the People
The Spirit of Republican Government
Epilogue: The Philosopher's Stone and the Poet's Reprise
Bibliography
Index

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