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The sacred fire of liberty : James Madison and the founding of the federal republic

Autore: Lance Banning
Editore: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.
Serie: ACLS Humanities e-book.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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James Madison was the finest democratic theorist that the United States has ever produced. His was the pivotal philosophical role in framing the Constitution and establishing the principles on which a wholly new form of government was to be based. Yet this widely informed and profoundly original thinker has been considered by most scholars to be an intellectual pragmatist who reacted variably and inconsistently to  Per saperne di più…
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Informazioni aggiuntive sul formato: Online version:
Banning, Lance, 1942-
Sacred fire of liberty.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)632934014
Persona incaricata: James Madison; James Madison; James Madison
Tipo materiale: Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Lance Banning
ISBN: 0801431522 9780801431524 080148524X 9780801485244
Numero OCLC: 32274139
Descrizione: x, 543 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contenuti: The Madisonian Madison: An Introduction --
Ch. 1. James Madison and the Nationalists, 1780-1783 --
Ch. 2. The Crisis of Confederation Government, 1783-1787 --
Ch. 3. The Crisis of Republican Convictions --
Ch. 4. The Virginia Plan --
Ch. 5. To Perpetuate the Union --
Ch. 6. To Redeem the Republican Name --
Ch. 7. "The Practicable Sphere of a Republic": Madison, The Federalist, and the Republican Interpretation of the Constitution --
Ch. 8. The Virginia Ratifying Convention --
Ch. 9. Spanning the Abyss: Madison, the Bill of Rights, and the Inauguration of the Federal Republic --
Ch. 10. The Great Divergence --
Ch. 11. Opposition Leader --
Ch. 12. Retrospect and Prospect --
Appendix: The Personalities of "Publius."
Titolo della serie: ACLS Humanities e-book.
Responsabilità: Lance Banning.

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James Madison was the finest democratic theorist that the United States has ever produced. His was the pivotal philosophical role in framing the Constitution and establishing the principles on which a wholly new form of government was to be based. Yet this widely informed and profoundly original thinker has been considered by most scholars to be an intellectual pragmatist who reacted variably and inconsistently to the changing circumstances of the Revolution and the Confederation. Lance Banning's powerful and persuasive reexamination of Madison's thought at the critical early and central stages of his career now changes that presumption, and provides a new base from which thinking about Madison and the Founding must start. The Sacred Fire of Liberty follows Madison from his appearance on the national stage (in Congress in 1780) through the end of 1792. By the end of this period, he had achieved his mature understanding of the Constitution, and his collision with many of the other Federalists of 1788 had made him a leader of the opposition to the administration of George Washington. Banning convinces the reader, through his meticulous research and deeply contextualized presentation of the shifting issues of the period, that Madison indeed held to consistent principles: he was at once a more committed democrat and a less eager nationalist than usually has been thought. The thinking that had underpinned his actions at the great convention, his numbers of The Federalist, and the supposed reversal of positions represented by his joining with Thomas Jefferson to form the first Republican party had firmed by 1792 into the understandings that would guide the rest of his career.

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