The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy

The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy

by Drew R. McCoy

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The Last of the Fathers: James Madison and the Republican Legacy by Drew R. McCoy

In recounting the experience of Madison and several of his legatees who witnessed the violent test of whether his republic could endure, this study dramatizes the human side of critical cultural and political issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521364072
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(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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Mayer

That we have underestimated Madison, not only as a working politician but as an appealing character, it is the underlying premise of Drew McCay's graceful, yet probing biographical essay. He writes from the unusual vantage point of Madison in retirement. By examining closely the two neglected decades between Madison's departure from the presidency in 1817 and his death of his Virginia estate Montpelier in 1836, McCoy gives us a sophisticated intellectual portrait…
—Henry Mayer in The Washington Post Book World

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