James Madison: A Biography

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University of Virginia Press, 1971 - Biography & Autobiography - 753 pages
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The best one volume biography of Madisonís life, Ketchamís biography not only traces Madisonís career, it gives readers a sense of the man. As Madison said of his early years in Virginia under the study of Donald Robertson, who introduced him to thinkers like Montaigne and Montesquieu, "all that I have been in life I owe largely to that man." It also captures a side of Madison that is less rarely on display (including a portrait of the beautiful Dolley Madison).

  

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User Review  - Ross - Goodreads

There really should be a category called "skimmed." Nearly 700 pages of enormous detail about Madison's life. I got the book to read specifically about Madison's detailed role in writing and gaining ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Landry - Goodreads

Ralph Ketcham's biography of our fourth president, James Madison, was so well-researched that I found myself constantly referring back to the footnotes. Overall, very well written, and I think that ... Read full review

Contents

A VIRGINIA FAMILY BACKGROUND
1
BOYHOOD AND EARLY EDUCATION
8
THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY ATPRINCETON
25
THE SEARCH FOR A VOCATION
51
VIRGINIA REVOLUTIONIST
68
IN THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
88
EMERGENCE AS A NATIONAL LEADER
112
VIRGINIA LEGISLATOR AND TRAVELER
144
PARTY LEADER
304
A NEW NATION FACES WORLD WAR
337
MONTPELIER AND DOLLEY MADISON
369
TRIUMPH OVER FEDERALISM
391
XVIH CONFRONTATION WITH
441
WAR LOOMS
474
DEFEAT VICTORY AND PEACE
573
RETIREMENT
613

TOWARD THE CONSTITUTION
174
THE FEDERAL CONVENTION
190
RATIFICATION
231
ESTABLISHING THE NEW GOVERNMENT
270
Selected Bibliography 67 3
677
Index
729
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Ralph Ketcham is Professor of American Studies, Political Science, and Public Affairs, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. His most recent publications are Presidents above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829 and Individualism and Public Life: An American Dilemma.

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