James Madison and the Making of America

ISBN-10: 125002319X
ISBN-13: 9781250023193
Edition: 2013
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Description: "A well-considered and written biography of this gifted Founding Father's many contributions to the early republic." - Kirkus ReviewsIn James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the traditional view of Madison -  More...

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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

"A well-considered and written biography of this gifted Founding Father's many contributions to the early republic." - Kirkus ReviewsIn James Madison and the Making of America, historian Kevin Gutzman looks beyond the traditional view of Madison - as "The Father of the Constitution' - to give a more complex, sometimes contradictory portrait of this influential Founding Father and the ways he influenced the spirit of today's U.S. Readers will find the flesh-and-blood story of a man who often performed his founding deeds in spite of himself: Madison's fame rests on his participation in the writing of The Federalist Papers and his role in drafting the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Today, his contribution is largely misunderstood. He thought that the Bill of Rights was unnecessary and insisted it not be part of the Constitution, which he found entirely inadequate and predicted would fail. Madison also helped create the first American political party, the first to call itself "Republican', but only after arguing political parties were harmful. The contradictions in his thinking and the way he governed foreshadowed the conflicted state of our Union now. His greatest legacy - the disestablishment of Virginia's state church and adoption of the libertarian Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom - is often omitted from discussios. Yet, understanding the way in which Madison saw the relationship between the church and state is key to understanding the real man. James Madison and the Making of America promises to become the standard biography of our fourth President.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
From Subject to Citizen, 1751-76
Winning the Revolution, 1776-87
The Philadelphia Convention, 1787
Ratifying the Constitution, Part One: The Federalist, 1787-88
Ratifying the Constitution, Part Two: The Richmond Convention, 1788
Inaugurating the Constitution, 1788-1800
Secretary of State, Then President, 1800-17
An Active Retirement, 1817-36
Notes
Index

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