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His formal schooling abruptly cut off at age eleven, George Washington saw his boyhood dream of joining the British army evaporate and recognized that even his aspiration to rise in colonial Virginian agricultural society would be difficult. Throughout his life he faced challenges for which he lacked the academic foundations shared by his more highly educated contemporaries. Yet Washington’s legacy is clearly not one of failure.

Breaking new ground in Washington scholarship and American revolutionary history, Adrienne M. Harrison investigates the first president’s dedicated process of self-directed learning through reading, a facet of his character and leadership long neglected by historians and biographers. In A Powerful Mind, Harrison shows that Washington rose to meet these trials through a committed campaign of highly focused reading, educating himself on exactly what he needed to do and how best to do it. In contrast to other famous figures of the revolution—Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin—Washington did not relish learning for its own sake, viewing self-education instead as a tool for shaping himself into the person he wanted to be. His two highest-profile and highest-risk endeavors—commander in chief of the Continental Army and president of the fledgling United States—are a testament to the success of his strategy.

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"Barton College history professor Broadwater's (George Mason, Forgotten Founder) biography of James Madison, the fourth president of the U.S. and widely considered 'The Father of the Constitution,' is meticulously researched and surprisingly readable. Given the myriad biographies of the Founding Fathers — and in an attempt to correct the notion that, in Joseph Ellis's words, Madison 'seemed to lack a personal agenda because he seemed to lack a personality,' Broadwater specifically provides readers with a detailed account of Madison's attempts to secure religious freedom in his native Virginia, his relationship with his charismatic wife Dolley Madison (sometimes referred to as 'Lady Presidentess'), and his ongoing struggle with his ideas about slavery. In addition, the author discusses Madison's enormous impact on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the party system, which Madison considered — in Broadwater's words — 'at best a necessary evil,' hoping instead that an 'elaborate system of checks and balances would mitigate their unwholesome tendencies.' Though Madison retired after his two terms as president to become a gentleman farmer, matters of politics and the intellect never left him — he wrestled with the issue of slavery till the end of his days. Though the enormous amount of detail will likely put off casual readers, history buffs and early-America aficionados will find Broadwater's work indispensable. Illus. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for balance in an age of revolution. In this biography, Jeff Broadwater focuses on Madison's role in the battle for religious freedom in Virginia, his contributions to the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his place in the evolution of the party system, his relationship with Dolley Madison, his performance as a wartime commander in chief, and his views on slavery. From Broadwater's perspective, no single figure can tell us more about the origins of the American republic than our fourth president.

About the Author

Jeff Broadwater is professor of history at Barton College and author of George Mason, Forgotten Founder.

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ISBN:
9780807835302
Author:
Broadwater, Jeff
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Harrison, Adrienne
Author:
Harrison, Adrienne M.
Subject:
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James Madison
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Dolley Madison
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James Madison biography
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War of 1812
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James Madison s Montpelier
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The Federalist
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The Federalist Papers
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Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
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The Constitional Convention
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James Monroe and James Madison
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Albert Gallatin
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Bank of the United States
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George Washington and James Madison
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Vices of the Political System of the United States
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Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
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Memorial and Remonstrance
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Ratification of the Constitution
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Alexander Hamilton and James Madison
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first party system
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American Colonization Society
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University of Virginia and James Madsion
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National Gazette
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John Armstrong
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Republicanism
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founding fathers
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American revolution
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Revolutionary War
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Virginia Resolutions
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Alien and Sedition Acts
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Impressment.
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Louisiana purchase
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East Florida
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West Florida
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Embargo Act
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Kitty Floyd
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James Madsion and religious freedom
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James Madison and Bill of Rights
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James Madison and Constitution
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James Madsion wartime president
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4th president /
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Biography-Historical
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Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
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Dolley M
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adison
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Presidents
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Barton College history professor Broadwater's (George Mason, Forgotten Founder) biography of James Madison, the fourth president of the U.S. and widely considered 'The Father of the Constitution,' is meticulously researched and surprisingly readable. Given the myriad biographies of the Founding Fathers — and in an attempt to correct the notion that, in Joseph Ellis's words, Madison 'seemed to lack a personal agenda because he seemed to lack a personality,' Broadwater specifically provides readers with a detailed account of Madison's attempts to secure religious freedom in his native Virginia, his relationship with his charismatic wife Dolley Madison (sometimes referred to as 'Lady Presidentess'), and his ongoing struggle with his ideas about slavery. In addition, the author discusses Madison's enormous impact on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the party system, which Madison considered — in Broadwater's words — 'at best a necessary evil,' hoping instead that an 'elaborate system of checks and balances would mitigate their unwholesome tendencies.' Though Madison retired after his two terms as president to become a gentleman farmer, matters of politics and the intellect never left him — he wrestled with the issue of slavery till the end of his days. Though the enormous amount of detail will likely put off casual readers, history buffs and early-America aficionados will find Broadwater's work indispensable. Illus. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for balance in an age of revolution. In this biography, Jeff Broadwater focuses on Madison's role in the battle for religious freedom in Virginia, his contributions to the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, his place in the evolution of the party system, his relationship with Dolley Madison, his performance as a wartime commander in chief, and his views on slavery. From Broadwater's perspective, no single figure can tell us more about the origins of the American republic than our fourth president.
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