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James Madison: A Son of Virginia & a Founder of the Nation

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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.

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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.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807835302
Author:
Broadwater, Jeff
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
James Madison
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Dolley Madison
Subject:
James Madison biography
Subject:
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
Subject:
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
Subject:
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
Subject:
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
Subject:
Kitty Floyd
Subject:
James Madsion and religious freedom
Subject:
James Madison and Bill of Rights
Subject:
James Madison and Constitution
Subject:
James Madsion wartime president
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4th president /
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
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Dolley M
Subject:
adison
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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Product details 320 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807835302 Reviews:
"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.
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