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

Author: Lance Banning
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.
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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  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Banning, Lance, 1942-
Sacred fire of liberty.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995
Named Person: James Madison; James Madison; James Madison; James Madison; James Madison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lance Banning
ISBN: 0801431522 9780801431524 080148524X 9780801485244
OCLC Number: 32274139
Awards: Winner of A Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Book for 1.
Description: x, 543 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 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."
Responsibility: Lance Banning.
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This text provides an account of Madison's development and the trajectory of his career, focusing on the founding of the Federal Republic.  Read more...


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