James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights by Richard Labunski | 9780195181050 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights

James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights

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by Richard Labunski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195181050

ISBN-13: 9780195181050

Pub. Date: 07/04/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

Overview

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 that 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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195181050
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/04/2006
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


Editor's Note     xi
Introduction     1
The Philadelphia Convention     3
The Reluctant Candidate     24
The Road to Richmond     48
The Virginia Ratifying Convention     67
The Ratification Vote     96
The Anti-Federalists Fight Back     120
The Election     147
Madison Introduces the Bill of Rights     178
Congress Proposes the Bill of Rights     213
Ratification of the Bill of Rights     242
Epilogue     256
James Madison's Proposed Amendments (June 8, 1789)     265
Amendments Reported by the House Select Committee (July 28, 1789)     269
Amendments Passed by the House of Representatives (August 24, 1789)     272
Amendments Passed by the Senate (September 9, 1789)     275
Amendments Proposed by Congress to the States (September 25, 1789)     278
Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Sources     281
Notes     285
Acknowledgments     319
Index     323
About the Author     337

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