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James Madison

James Madison was born in 1751, the son of a Virginia planter. He worked for the Revolutionary cause as a member of the Continental Congress and the Virginia House of Delegates. The leader of deliberations at the Constitutional Convention, he fought for the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Through an ally of Hamilton on the Constitution he was a supporter of Jefferson’s agrarian policies. He was Jefferson’s Secretary of State (1801-9) and his successor as president (1809-17), but his presidency was marred by the unpopular War of 1812. Madison died in 1836

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The Federalist Papers
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, Edited by Richard Beeman, Introduction by Richard Beeman
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2012
$13.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312197-8 (0-14-312197-9)

"The best commentary on the principles of government which ever was written" - Thomas Jefferson

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of... Read more






The Federalist Papers
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, Edited by Clinton Rossiter, Introduction by Charles R. Kessler
Signet | Paperback | April 2003
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-52881-0 (0-451-52881-6)

A DOCUMENT THAT SHAPED A NATION

An authoritative analysis of the Constitution of the United States and an enduring classic of political philosophy. 

Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, The Federalist Papers explain the complexities of a constitutional government—its political structure and principles based on the inherent rights of man... Read more






The Federalist Papers
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 1987
$16.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044495-7 (0-14-044495-5)

A series of letters by some of America's Founding Fathers, whose defenses of the Constitution are still relevant today

Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. Still hotly debated... Read more






The Federalist Papers
Written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1982
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21340-9 (0-553-21340-7)

Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the United States. Still hotly debated, and open to often controversial interpretations, the arguments first presented here by three of America’s greatest patriots and... Read more






The Federalist
Written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison, Edited by Robert Scigliano
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2001
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75786-0 (0-375-75786-4)

The series of essays that comprise The Federalist constitutes one of the key texts of the American Revolution and the democratic system created in the wake of independence. Written in 1787 and 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to promote the ratification of the proposed Constitution, these papers... Read more






The Constitutional Convention
Written by James Madison, Edward J. Larson and Michael P. Winship
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7517-8 (0-8129-7517-0)

In 1787, the American union was in disarray. The incompatible demands of the separate states threatened its existence; some states were even in danger of turning into the kind of tyranny they had so recently deposed. A truly national government was needed, one that could raise money, regulate commerce, and defend... Read more





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