James Madison: The Founding Father

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Available for the first time in paperback, James Madison: The Founding Father is a lively portrait of the man who essentially fathered our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty. Focusing on the role Madison played at the Continental Congress and in each stage of the formation of the American Republic, Robert Allen Rutland also covers Madison's relationship with his beloved wife, Dolley, his fifty-year friendship with Thomas Jefferson, and his years as a respected elder statesman after serving ...

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Available for the first time in paperback, James Madison: The Founding Father is a lively portrait of the man who essentially fathered our constitutional guarantees of civil and religious liberty. Focusing on the role Madison played at the Continental Congress and in each stage of the formation of the American Republic, Robert Allen Rutland also covers Madison's relationship with his beloved wife, Dolley, his fifty-year friendship with Thomas Jefferson, and his years as a respected elder statesman after serving as secretary of state and fourth president of the United States.

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"James Madison is an excellent short biography of a complex man."—New York Times Book Review

"The biography's author, Robert Allen Rutland, knows his Founding Fathers. . . . He writes with clarity and spirit."—New York Times

Rutland "has put together a one-volume work that is lively, fast- paced, and extremely revealing. At last Madison comes alive on the printed page! . . . Rutland's story is biography at its best."—Richmond News Leader

"A lively and sympathetic biography by a leading Madison scholar, one which provides the reader with the best succinct treatment of a complex personality, an introverted intellectual with a special genius for politics."—Richard B. Morris

"A brilliant and engaging portrait of Madison as a republican leader and statesman."—Merrill D. Peterson

"A wonderfully vivid and appreciative biography by the master Madison scholar. Rutland combines a flair for style with scholarly integrity."—Leonard W. Levy

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this very human portrait of Madison and his role in the early, problem-fraught years of the new republic, University of Virginia professor Rutland, editor of the Madison Papers, not ony depicts him as a fervent patriot, combining ``erudition and common sense,'' but recounts his goals and frustrations, victories and defeats, along with frequent incapacitation because of bad health. Most significant were his contributions as chief framer of the Constitution and his defense of it as coauthor with Hamilton of the Federalist Papers. Madison and Jefferson (with whom he shared views on the need for an educated public and the gradual abolition of slavery) founded the Republican Party in opposition to Hamilton's Anglophile Federalist Party, which favored monied interests. Emerging from early retirement on his Virginia plantation, he helped assure Jefferson's election to the presidency and subsequently served for two terms as secretary of state. His wife Dolley acted as hostess for the widowed president as she did during her husband's White House tenure, despite the disruptions of the ineptly conducted War of 1812. Illustrations not seen by PW. (September 17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826211415
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Robert Allen Rutland is Research Professor of History at the University of Tulsa.

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