MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union

MANY HEADS AND MANY HANDS: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union

by Mau VanDuren

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"This lively and entertaining book begins a much-needed conversation about the modern history that our Founders knew so well and which our generation has largely forgotten." -- Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Scholar in Residence at Montpelier

“Using stories of pivotal individuals within this process, VanDuren reviews the creation of these layers of law that eventually inspired the framers of the U.S. Constitution. For instance, Frankish Queen Balthild’s reforms to land ownership in the seventh century led to Philips van Leyden’s 14th-century demand that rulers respect public interest . . . . . A fictionalized version of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia ties all these threads together. First-time author VanDuren delivers impressive research on individuals whose ideas guided the drafters of the Constitution.” – Kirkus Reviews

“In this age of Google and Wikipedia, it is understandable that most see history as a pile of facts . . . VanDuren serves up a richer feast. He paints the history of modern democracy as a vast tableau that wanders from its origin in Europe to the United States. VanDuren shows that many of the earliest intellectual and political movers and achievements in this drama are Dutch.” -- Joe A. Oppenheimer, Prof. Emeritus, Government and Politics, University of Maryland

“Those who care about the future of democracy will appreciate Mr. VanDuren’s vigorous and rigorous examination of the way Dutch and English influences worked from the European Middle Ages down through New England, New Amsterdam, and New York to the Federalist Papers and the American Constitution in the late 1780s.” John C. Kemp, Plimoth Plantation.

Have you ever wondered why we practice separation of church and state? Or have secular marriage, or freedom of religion? Or enjoy democracy and the rule of law? And equality under the law? No taxation without representation? As Americans we hold these concepts dear. Our republic was founded on them and we find them in our Constitution, of which James Madison was the main author. Madison’s vast knowledge of history was supported by a keen understanding of human nature. Alone in his library, he studied ancient and contemporary nations, foremost the Dutch Republic. The American confederation had been modeled on it, and suffered from the same shortcomings. The people in whose footsteps he followed are the “Many Heads and Many Hands” who inspired Madison in his search for a “more perfect union.” From a cave in South Africa to the Roman Rhine, into Dark-Ages Paris, through the Burgundian lands to the marshes of Holland, and via the fields of England to the shores of America, this is a titanic story of scholars, pastors, princesses, generals, and common people too, striving over the centuries for security and freedom, and at last building a government that can promise both, within the confines of a just law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937997656
Publisher: Northampton House Press
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Timeline 10
Chapter 1: Rules, Trust, and Laws 14
Chapter 2: A Saxon in Paris 20
Timeline 20
South Saxon, spring of 643 22
Paris, winter of 642/3 28
Paris, late spring, or summer of 643. 33
Paris, 650 37
Paris, 654 40
Chapter 3: A Realist in the Wet Lands 46
Timeline 46
Early Holland 46
Leithon, the Netherlands, Middle Ages 50
Holland, 14th Century 56
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1350s 59
Middelburg, the Netherlands, 1355 61
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 63
On the waters of Zeeland, 1355 64
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1355 69
Chapter 4: Parliament Convenes 78
Timeline 78
Burgundy, 15th century 78
Ghent, the Netherlands, 1477 83
Ghent, the Netherlands, February & March, 1477 92
The Union under Siege, 1480s 97
Chapter 5: The Revolutionaries 103
Timeline 103
Dillenburg, Germany, 1535 104
Breda, the Netherlands, 1544 105
Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 1547 106
Brussels, the Netherlands,1550 106
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1555 107
Brussels, the Netherlands,1559 109
Dillenburg, Germany, October 1559 110
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1561 - 1564 111
Brussels, the Netherlands, 1565 - 1567 112
The Netherlands, 1567 113
France, 1567 114
The Netherlands, 1568 114
Heidelberg, Germany, 1568-9 117
Padua, Italy, 1569-70 117
The Netherlands, 1570 118
Utrecht, the Netherlands, 1579 119
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1584 121
Chapter 6: The Commoner Statesman 122
Timeline 122
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1618 123
The Netherlands, 1547 - 1573 125
Risk and Rise, 1573 - 1586 126
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1609 129
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands,Wednesday,
August 29, 1618 129
Thursday, March 7, 1619 134
Spring, 1619 136
4 pm, Sunday, May 12 138
5 pm, Sunday, May 12 139
5:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 140
6 pm, Sunday, May 12 140
8:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 142
10 pm, Sunday, May 12 143
10:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 146
11:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 147
1 am, Monday, May 13 148
2 am, Monday, May 13 148
4 am, Monday, May 13 149
5 am, Monday, May 13 150
7 am, Monday, May 13 150
8:30 am, Monday, May 13 151
9 am, Monday, May 13 151
Chapter 7: The Congregationalists 155
Timeline 155
Hierarchy Challenged 155
Cambridge, England,mid 16th century 158
Virginia, America, late 16th century 159
Scrooby, England, late 16th century 160
London, England, late 16th century 161
Scrooby, England, 1606 163
London, England, 1607 164
Boston, England, 1607 165
Holland, the Netherlands, 1608 167
London, England, 1609 168
Leyden, the Netherlands, 1616 169
Leyden, the Netherlands, 1617 171
James Towne, 1619 175
Southampton, England, 1619 176
Chapter 8: The Atlantic Republics 185
Timeline 185
Birth of the Corporation, 1602 186
American Diplomacy 187
Plimoth Plantation, Monday, October 4, 1627 188
Plimoth Plantation, October 5-onward, 1627 199
Massachusetts, 1630s 206
Frank Francis 206
Rhode Island, 1630s 211
Adroit Adriaen 212
New Netherlands, 1640s 214
The Netherlands, 1650s 224
Manhattan, New Netherlands, 1650s 226
Maryland and Virginia, 1650s 228
Maryland and Virginia, 1660s 229
Chapter 9: The Dutch Invasion 233
Timeline 233
The Narrow Sea 234
'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, 1650-1668 237
Betrayal, 1668-1672 239
The Ascent, 1673-1676 242
Mouthpiece, 1676 - 1685 243
Number One, 1685-1686 249
Smiley's People389, 1687-1688 250
Planner in Chief, 1688 252
Advocate, 1689 257
Émigrés, 1689-1699 260
Until Death Do Us Part, 1700-1709 263
Chapter 10: The Framework 266
Timeline 266
Washington's Journey 271
The Virginia Delegation 273
The Clerk 275
Canada, 1776 276
Philadelphia, Friday, May 25, 1787 279
Epilogue 285
Bibliography 290
Acknowledgements 302
Reference 304
Index 327
About the Author 341
Northampton House Press 342

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