From Parchment to Power: How James Madison Used the Bill of Rights to Save the Constitution

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American Enterprise Institute, Jan 1, 1997 - History - 213 pages
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This study of the American Bill of Rights reflects on the first principles of republican government and reveals the origins, ironies and meanings of the first ten Amendments. The author perceives the Bill of Rights as a tribute to James Madison's grasp of the imperatives of constitution making.
  

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Contents

THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER 1787
15
THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
29
THE POLITICS OF RATIFICATION
36
REFLECTIONS ON PART ONE
49
WHAT USE CAN A BILL OF RIGHTS SERVE? A MADISONJEFFERSON
57
CONGRESSMAN MADISON
75
REFLECTIONS ON PART Two
96
THE DEBATE BEGINS
105
KrLL THE OPPOSITION EVERY WHERE
140
FISHERIES POST ROADS AND RATIFICATIONS
154
REFLECTIONS ON PART THREE
176
NOTES
185
INDEX
207
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
213
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