James Madison

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James Madison and the Making of America
1.  James Madison and the Making of America by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
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  "This new biography, based on the latest scholarship and highly readable, has been trumpeted by one prominent historian as 'the Madison for our time.'"
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A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe
2.  A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
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  "This collection of essays on major aspects of Madison's and Monroe's lives includes contributions by all of today's leading Madison scholars."
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American Revolutionaries in the Making
3.  American Revolutionaries in the Making by Charles S. Sydnor
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  "Sydnor's book is a fascinating, magisterial, and very brief account of political life and culture in the Virginia in which Madison grew up."
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The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
4.  The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790 (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) by Rhys Isaac
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  "In order to understand Madison, one must understand his Virginia.  While the prose is sometimes ponderous, Isaac's book is full of sparkling insights."
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John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic
5.  John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic by Jeffry H. Morrison
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  "His experience at Princeton under Witherspoon made an indelible impact upon Madison's personality and statesmanship."
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Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840
6.  Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840 by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
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  "Madison's role in Virginia's ratification of the US Constitution has been grossly misunderstood -- typically because historians have omitted to read the most significant primary documents.  This volume clarifies matters.  It also corrects McCoy's account of Madison's role in 1798."
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The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom: Its Evolution and Consequences in American History (Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life)
7.  The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom: Its Evolution and Consequences in American History (Cambridge Studies in Religion and American Public Life) by Merrill D. Peterson
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  "Madison's chief contribution to American history was not the US Constitution, but Virginia's religion policy.  As Gutzman shows in the work above, he took the lead in coining the phrase "free exercise of religion" and ensconcing it in the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776); he also secured passage of Jefferson's famous statute (1786)."
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Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787
8.  Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison
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  "Madison sat at the front of the room throughout the Philadelphia Convention keeping meticulous notes.  Although he occasionally let friends see them, he kept them secret for the next five decades.  Taylor explains why in the tome below."
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The Authority of Publius: A Reading of the Federalist Papers
9.  The Authority of Publius: A Reading of the Federalist Papers by Albert Furtwangler
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  "No other work on _The Federalist_ comes close to this one.  Read it before you read _The Federalist_, and read it again when you've finished."
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The Federalist
10.  The Federalist by John Jay
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  "Much of Madison's reputation as a philosopher rests on his one-third of these essays.  They are best understood, however, not as a scholarly exegesis, but as a lawyer's brief -- as Furtwangler explains in the work above this one in this list.  Scholars generally agree that this is the best edition."
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American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding (American Political Thought (University Press of Kansas))
11.  American Compact: James Madison and the Problem of Founding (American Political Thought (University Press of Kansas)) by Gary Rosen
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  "Rosen provides a very erudite and persuasive defense of Madison's role in creating the United States Constitution."
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The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
12.  The Elusive Republic: Political Economy in Jeffersonian America (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) by Drew R. McCoy
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  "Jeffersonian political economy means, in large measure, the political economy of Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor.  This is a fine work for those interested in learning what kind of America the (chiefly Virginian) Jeffersonian Republicans wanted to extend."
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Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic (Constitutionalism and Democracy Series)
13.  Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic (Constitutionalism and Democracy Series) by Stuart Eric Leibiger
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  "Leibiger's fine study is the first to chart the significance of the most important relationship in the founding of the federal republic -- more important than Washington and Hamilton, more important than Madison and Jefferson.  The the topic is significant, the story is poignant, and the writing is exemplary."
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The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic
14.  The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic by Lance Banning
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  "Banning does a nice job of evaluating Madison's role in the creation of the US Government.  However, he is highly prone to see everything from Madison's point of view -- that is, to accept Federalist propaganda at face value, to see consistency even where Madison was inconsistent, etc."
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John Randolph of Roanoke
15.  John Randolph of Roanoke by Russell Kirk
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  "Jefferson's cousin, who began the Jefferson Administration as House majority leader, ended up as Jefferson's most biting critic.  His explanation was Madison."
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James Madison (The American Presidents Series)
16.  James Madison (The American Presidents Series) by Garry Wills
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  "This is a great short introduction to Madison the president, with emphasis on the War of 1812.  See how the political economy described by McCoy played out in real life."
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Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (Jeffersonian America)
17.  Parlor Politics: In Which the Ladies of Washington Help Build a City and a Government (Jeffersonian America) by Catherine Allgor
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  "Mrs. Madison was the first wife of a president to put her stamp on federal politics.  Allgor's is universally seen as the best account of the Madison political partnership."
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History of the United States During the Administrations of James Madison (Library of America Series)
18.  History of the United States During the Administrations of James Madison (Library of America Series) by Henry Adams
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  "Over a century later, Henry Adams' account remains the jumping-off point for serious study of the Madison presidency.  Adams is the only American historian commony and seriously read a century after his death."
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The Last of the Fathers: James Madison & The Republican Legacy
19.  The Last of the Fathers: James Madison & The Republican Legacy by Drew R. McCoy
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  "In his old age, confronted with the South Carolina Nullification movement, Madison opted to miscast his own record of 30 years before.  McCoy essentially takes Madison at his word."
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Kevin R. C. Gutzman (Connecticut)
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Last updated: 4/14/12
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