Short, neither soldier nor orator, balding, plain, low on charisma and high on intelligence, James Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. Stewart’s “insights are illuminating…. He weaves vivid, sometimes poignant details throughout the grand sweep of historical events. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights.
Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America #ad - Forming key partnerships with washington, Jefferson, Monroe, and his wife Dolley, Madison achieved his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. Simon Schuster. It was madison who led the drive for the constitutional convention and pressed for an effective new government as his patron George Washington lent the effort legitimacy; Madison who wrote the Federalist Papers with Alexander Hamilton to secure the Constitution’s ratification; Madison who joined Thomas Jefferson to found the nation’s first political party and move the nation toward broad democratic principles; Madison, who guided the new nation through its first war in 1812, with James Monroe, and who handed the reins of government to the last of the Founders.
This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement. Historian David O.
Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing 2e CompositionMcGraw-Hill Education #ad - Engaging questions: a guide to Writing takes a practical approach to composing, with a view that good writing occurs in the context of critical thinking. By using a consistent methodology that prompts students to learn and practice “the art of questioning, ” Engaging Questions: A Guide to Writing presents writing as one essential part of the critical thinking whole, ultimately empowering students to become skilled thinkers and confident writers.
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution The Simon & Schuster America CollectionSimon & Schuster #ad - In a country continually arguing over the document’s original intent, it is fascinating to watch these powerful characters struggle toward consensus—often reluctantly—to write a flawed but living and breathing document that could evolve with the nation. The summer of 1787 traces the struggles within the Philadelphia Convention as the delegates hammered out the charter for the world’s first constitutional democracy.
At different points during that sultry summer, and some actually did, more than half of the delegates threatened to walk out, but Washington’s quiet leadership and the delegates’ inspired compromises held the Convention together. The summer of 1787 takes us into the sweltering room in which the founding fathers struggled for four months to produce the Constitution: the flawed but enduring document that would define the nation—then and now.
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution The Simon & Schuster America Collection #ad - George washington presided, James Madison kept the notes, Benjamin Franklin offered wisdom and humor at crucial times. Stewart lays out the passions and contradictions of the, often, painful process of writing the Constitution. Revolutionary principles required that the people have power, but could the people be trusted? Would a stronger central government leave room for the states? Would the small states accept a Congress in which seats were allotted according to population rather than to each sovereign state? And what of slavery? The supercharged debates over America’s original sin led to the most creative and most disappointing political deals of the Convention.
Relying on the words of the delegates themselves to explore the Convention’s sharp conflicts and hard bargaining, David O. It was a desperate balancing act.
The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to GreatnessDa Capo Press #ad - From the new york times bestselling author, award-winning author harlow giles unger reveals the epic story of James Monroe 1758-1831-the last of America's Founding Fathers-who transformed a small, the larger than life story of America's fifth president, fragile nation into a powerful empireIn this compelling biography, who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea.
Like david mccullough's john adams and jon meacham's American Lion, The Last Founding Father is both a superb read and stellar scholarship-action-filled history in the grand tradition.
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the GovernmentSimon & Schuster #ad - The constitution was a broad set of principles that left undefined the machinery of government. Fortunately, adams, and determined men such as Washington, Hamilton, Madison, far-sighted, brilliant, and Jefferson and others less well known today labored to create a functioning government. The first congress takes us back to the days when the future of our country was by no means assured and makes “an intricate story clear and fascinating” The Washington Post.
This “fascinating” chicago tribune, “lively” the new york times history tells how the First Congress and the Washington administration created one of the most productive and far-reaching governments in American history—“gracefully written…and well worth reading” The Wall Street Journal.
The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government #ad - The first congress may have been the most important in American history because it established how our government would work. Simon Schuster. But it avoided the subject of slavery, which was too contentious to resolve. In the first congress, award-winning author fergus bordewich brings to life the achievements of the first congress: it debated and passed the first ten amendments to the Constitution, which we know as the Bill of Rights; admitted North Carolina and Rhode Island to the union when they belatedly ratified the Constitution, then admitted two new states, establishing the procedure for admitting new states on equal terms with the original thirteen; chose the site of the national capital, Kentucky and Vermont, a new city to be built on the Potomac; created a national bank to handle the infant republic’s finances; created the first cabinet positions and the federal court system; and many other achievements.
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789Vintage #ad - In the quartet, george washington, pulitzer prize–winning historian joseph ellis tells the unexpected story of America’s second great founding and of the men most responsible—Alexander Hamilton, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, and James Madison: why the thirteen colonies, John Jay, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.
Random house USA Inc. These men, and, shaped the contours of american history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, with the help of Robert Morris and Gouverneur Morris, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement, finally, manipulating the political process to force the calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, created the new republic.
The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 #ad - Ellis gives us a dramatic portrait of one of the most crucial and misconstrued periods in American history: the years between the end of the Revolution and the formation of the federal government. The quartet unmasks a myth, and in its place presents an even more compelling truth—one that lies at the heart of understanding the creation of the United States of America.
Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics American Political Thought University Press of KansasUniversity Press of Kansas #ad - Yet there is no evidence that Madison's underlying beliefs about either majority rule or the distorting and transient nature of passions ever swayed. If patience was a fact of life in madison's day—a time when communication and travel were slow—it surely is much harder to cultivate in the age of the Internet, 24-hour news, and politics based on instant gratification.
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Weiner calls this implicit doctrine "temporal republicanism" to emphasize both its compatibility with and its contrast to other interpretations of the Founders' thought. Like civic republicanism, the "temporal" variety embodies a set of values—public-spiritedness, respect for the rights of others-broader than the technical device of majority rule.
Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics American Political Thought University Press of Kansas #ad - And he reveals that the changes we see in madison's views of majority rule arise largely from his evolving beliefs about who, was behaving impulsively—whether abusive majorities in the 1780s, the Adams regime in the 1790s, exactly, the nullifiers in the 1820s. Exploring this fundamental idea of time-seasoned majority rule across the entire range of Madison's long career, Weiner shows that it did not substantially change over the course of his life.
While many of today's politicians seem to wed supreme impatience with an avowed devotion to original constitutional principles, Madison's Metronome suggests that one of our nation's great luminaries would likely view that marriage with caution.
James Madison: A Life ReconsideredPenguin Books #ad - As secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson, he managed the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States. His visionary political philosophy—eloquently presented in the Federalist Papers—was a crucial factor behind the Constitution’s ratification, and his political savvy was of major importance in getting the new government underway.
Random house USA Inc. Without precedent to guide him, he would demonstrate that a republic could defend its honor and independence while remaining true to its young constitution. As president, madison led the country in its first war under the Constitution, the War of 1812. Simon Schuster. President, from new york times–bestselling author Lynne CheneyJames Madison was a true genius of the early republic, the leader who did more than any other to create the nation we know today.
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered #ad - . This majestic new biography tells his story. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution. A major new biography of the fourth U. S.
AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White HouseRandom House Trade Paperbacks #ad - Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.
Random House Trade Paperbacks. The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, his intimate circle of friends, divided a nation, and changed Washington foreverAndrew Jackson, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.
To tell the saga of jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.
AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House #ad - Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama–the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers– that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory. Simon Schuster. Jackson was the most contradictory of men. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy.
The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. Random house USA Inc.
James Madison: Writings LOA #109 Library of America Founders CollectionLibrary of America #ad - Included are all twenty-nine of madison’s contributions to the federalist, the crucial Virginia ratifying convention, as well as revealing letters and speeches from the Constitutional Convention, and the first federal Congress that illuminate his central role in framing and ratifying the Constitution and adopting the Bill of Rights.
His eloquent and insightful writing on freedom of religion, the rights of minorities under majority rule, freedom of speech and the press, the role of the states in the federal system, and the separation of powers are central to American political thought and speak to the controversies of the present day.
Arranged chronologically, speeches, this Library of America volume contains 197 essays, addresses, private memoranda, and letters written between 1772 and 1836. Random house USA Inc. Writings from his terms as secretary of state and president record his determination to uphold American independence during the conflicts of the Napoleonic era and his leadership of the nation during the fiercely controversial War of 1812.
James Madison: Writings LOA #109 Library of America Founders Collection #ad - Simon Schuster. Letters and memoranda from his retirement demonstrate his opposition to nullification and secession, his illusory hopes for African colonization as a solution to the dilemma of slavery, and his deepening concern over the sectional threat to the federal union he loved. James madison: writings includes a chronology of Madison’s life, an essay on the texts, explanatory notes, and an index.
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Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American GiantsDoubleday #ad - Yet each in his own way sought to remedy the two glaring flaws in the Constitution: its refusal to specify where authority ultimately rested, with the states or the nation, and its unwillingness to address the essential incompatibility of republicanism and slavery. Daniel webster of massachusetts, a champion orator known for his eloquence, spoke for the North and its business class.
. Brands narrates an epic American rivalry and the little-known drama of the dangerous early years of our democracy. Then, when california moved to join the union as a free state, in 1850, "the immortal trio" had one last chance to save the country from the real risk of civil war. They wrestled with these issues for four decades, arguing bitterly and hammering out political compromises that held the Union together, but only just.
Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants #ad - But, by that point, they had never been further apart. Thrillingly and authoritatively, H. Their rise was marked by dramatic duels, fierce debates, scandal and political betrayal. W. South carolina's john calhoun, with piercing eyes and an even more piercing intellect, defended the South and slavery. Together these heirs of washington, jefferson and Adams took the country to war, battled one another for the presidency and set themselves the task of finishing the work the Founders had left undone.
From new york Times bestselling historian H.