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
     
 


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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195341423
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
878,448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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