The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy / Edition 1

The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy / Edition 1

by Drew R. McCoy
ISBN-10:
0521407729
ISBN-13:
9780521407724
Pub. Date:
01/28/2005
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy / Edition 1

James Madison survived longer than any other member of the most remarkable generation of political leaders in American history. Born in the middle of the eighteenth century as a subject of King George II, the Father of the United States Constitution lived until 1836, when he died a citizen of Andrew Jackson's republic. For over forty years he played a pivotal role in the creation and defense of a new political order. He lived long enough to see even that Revolutionary world transformed, and the system of government he had nurtured threatened by the disruptive forces of a new era that would ultimately lead to civil war. In recounting the experience of Madison and several of his legatees who witnessed the violent test of whether his republic could endure, McCoy dramatizes the actual working out in human lives of critical cultural and political issues.

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ISBN-13: 9780521407724
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 889,226
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Prologue; 1. The character of the good statesman; 2. The character of the good republic: justice, stability, and the constitution; 3. Retrospect and prospect: Congress and the perils of popular government; 4. Memory and meaning: nullification and the lost world of the founding; 5. The republic transformed: population, economy, and society; 6. Accommodation: the old dominion; 7. Despair: the peculiar institution; 8. Legacy: the strange career of William Cebell Rives; Epilogue; Acknowledgements; Index.

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