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James Madison's Role
A discussion regarding James Madison's role in trying to balance civil liberties with government power through the drafting of the Bill of Rights.
# 95646 | 8,150 words | 26 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper takes a look at how the US Founding Fathers were faced with a number of important issues as they debated the form and content of the Constitution, not the least of which was ensuring that their own individual interests would be addressed in the new country. According to the paper, although it represented the work of many minds, the primary author of the first ten amendments to the Constitution was James Madison, but his reasons for advocating these civil liberties was substantially different than many modern observers might believe.

Review and Discussion
Background and Overview
Perspectives Articulated at the Constitutional Convention
The Changing Views of James Madison
Analysis and Discussion
Implications of the Ratification of the Constitution without a Bill of Rights

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Banning, Lance. The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1995.
  • Binkley, Wilfred E. and Malcolm C. Moos. A Grammar of American Politics: The National Government. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1949.
  • Bernhard, Virginia, David Burner and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. A College History of the United States, St. James: Brandywine Press, 1991.
  • Brant, Irving. The Bill of Rights: Its Origin and Meaning. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1965.
  • Burns, James MacGregor. (1990, December). "What turned Madison around?" American Heritage, 41(8), 53.

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