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James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights (Pivotal Moments in American History)

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Today we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its adoption. Now Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes--the diminutive

and exceedingly shy James Madison.

Here is a vividly written account of not one but several major political struggles which changed the course of American history. Labunski takes us inside the sweltering converted theater in Richmond, where for three grueling weeks, the soft-spoken Madison and the charismatic Patrick Henry

fought over whether Virginia should ratify the Constitution. Madison won the day by a handful of votes, mollifying Anti-Federalist fears by promising to add a bill of rights to the Constitution. To do this, Madison would have to win a seat in the First Congress, which he did by a tiny margin,

allowing him to attend the First Congress and sponsor the Bill of Rights.

Packed with colorful details about life in early America, this compelling and important narrative is the first serious book about Madison written in many years. It will return this under-appreciated patriot to his rightful place among the Founding Fathers and shed new light on a key turning

point in our nation's history.

Synopsis:

Today we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its adoption. Now Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes--the diminutive and exceedingly shy James Madison.

Here is a vividly written account of not one but several major political struggles which changed the course of American history. Labunski takes us inside the sweltering converted theater in Richmond, where for three grueling weeks, the soft-spoken Madison and the charismatic Patrick Henry fought over whether Virginia should ratify the Constitution. Madison won the day by a handful of votes, mollifying Anti-Federalist fears by promising to add a bill of rights to the Constitution. To do this, Madison would have to win a seat in the First Congress, which he did by a tiny margin, allowing him to attend the First Congress and sponsor the Bill of Rights.

Packed with colorful details about life in early America, this compelling and important narrative is the first serious book about Madison written in many years. It will return this under-appreciated patriot to his rightful place among the Founding Fathers and shed new light on a key turning point in our nation's history.

About the Author

Richard Labunski is a professor in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the University of Kentucky. The author of four other books, he previously taught at the University of Washington and Penn State and worked for ten years in radio and television news.

Table of Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction

Ch. 1: The Philadelphia Convention

Ch. 2: The Reluctant Candidate

Ch. 3: The Road to Richmond

Ch. 4: The Virginia Ratifying Convention

Ch. 5: The Ratification Vote

Ch. 6: The Anti-Federalists Fight Back

Ch. 7: The Election

Ch. 8: Madison Introduces the Bill of Rights

Ch. 9: Congress Proposes the Bill of Rights

Ch. 11: Epilogue

Appendix I: James Madison's Proposed Amendments

Appendix II: Amendments Reported by the House

Appendix III: Amendments Passed by the House of Representatives

Appendix IV: Amendments Passed by the Senate

Appendix V: Amendments Proposed by Congress to the States

Abbreviations

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

About the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195341423
Author:
Labunski, Richard
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Richard
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Madison, James
Subject:
History, American | Early National
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
6 x 9.2 x 1.1 in 1.006 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Today we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its adoption. Now Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroes--the diminutive and exceedingly shy James Madison.

Here is a vividly written account of not one but several major political struggles which changed the course of American history. Labunski takes us inside the sweltering converted theater in Richmond, where for three grueling weeks, the soft-spoken Madison and the charismatic Patrick Henry fought over whether Virginia should ratify the Constitution. Madison won the day by a handful of votes, mollifying Anti-Federalist fears by promising to add a bill of rights to the Constitution. To do this, Madison would have to win a seat in the First Congress, which he did by a tiny margin, allowing him to attend the First Congress and sponsor the Bill of Rights.

Packed with colorful details about life in early America, this compelling and important narrative is the first serious book about Madison written in many years. It will return this under-appreciated patriot to his rightful place among the Founding Fathers and shed new light on a key turning point in our nation's history.

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