No cover image. Read preview. Synopsis From Broadwater's view, no single figure can tell us more about the origins of the American republic than our fourth president. Madison was remarkably resilient and survived repeated setbacks in the War of Yet, Madison never fully grappled with American slavery.
Excerpt If, save only for George Washington, he was the most indispensable of the founders, there was nothing flamboyant about James Madison. Read Overview.
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More filters. Sort order. Apr 20, Linda rated it did not like it. Dull, dry, boring, I really wanted to like this book.
After 60 or so pages I felt I knew more about policy than I did the man. Anyone out there have a better recommendation? Mar 13, Paul Conroy rated it really liked it. Insightful book on the times and tribulations of James Madison, arguably the most important of the Founding Fathers, as his writing helped frame all parts of the US system of governance. The book mostly deals with the political, diplomatic and military issues of his day, and how his keen insights into human nature and brilliant mind resolved them.
Oct 30, Jeff rated it really liked it. This was not a full biography of Madison, more a picture and examination of a few critical moments in his storied career as a leader, legislator, and President. Still, it is a very good book, and for me has given me a wish to learn more. The early Presidents, the Fab 5, as it were, with the exception of John Adams, are heavily scarred by slavery. I think that one has to, to some extent, examine the times. Madison This was not a full biography of Madison, more a picture and examination of a few critical moments in his storied career as a leader, legislator, and President.
Madison, owned slaves, but clearly in his public And private statements was against slavery. He was concerned about their welfare after any emancipation, but in working toward a plan to relocate slaves back to Africa he clearly was operating under a combination of factors, a belief that whites and blacks could not share a society, clear prejudice about blacks ability to function as individuals, and his perpetual worry about preserving the union. One could and probably there have been whole books on this subject alone. For me, however, Madison still remains supreme.
James Madison is remembered primarily as a systematic political theorist, but this bookish and unassuming man was also a practical politician who strove for. Editorial Reviews. Review. Broadwater grounds his study in the best Madison scholarship and.
As most Virginians leaned more to states rights platforms, and Madison himself was a Democrat-Republican and not a Federalist he did come to believe a strong federal government was necessary. His consistent worry in the meetings that formed the constitution and much later as the President was for civil rights, minority rights, and the majority dominating the government in a might makes right theme.
He had consistent worries also about a standing army fearing that what is good for protection from foreign entities can be dangerous and lead to tyranny in country. During the war of Madison refused to pass laws limiting the freedom of the press or even punish the almost and actual outright sedition of some of the New England federalist. Today his belief in freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and civil rights, beliefs he refused to compromise even in crisis make him standout among our earlier Presidents. Dec 09, Joanie rated it liked it.
What can I say, but that there was a great deal more politics than I was looking for in this book. I was more interested in his personal life and the human interest side.
I may have even skimmed some of the chapters on his work in Congress. I did really respect his work and politics.
With Madison having had such a long and distinguished life in public affairs, it is difficult to cover any aspect of his career in only pages of text. But Broadwater has done an excellent job of discussing and analyzing the major issues, events, and people with whom Madison had to deal.
His book is a welcome addition to the literature on Madison's remarkable career. Broadwater, who has a doctorate in history and a J. Broadwater also devotes substantial space to Madison's views on the proper role of religion.
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His "Memorial and Remonstrance," in which he successfully persuaded the Virginia General Assembly to abandon plans for direct support of religious institutions is, in Broadwater's view, one of Madison earliest and most important contributions to the development of principles related to the creation of a new government. Broadwater provides a valuable discussion about Madison's eight years in the U. House of Representatives beginning in