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Jeff Broadwater explores the evolution of the constitutional thought of two seminal American figures: Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison, "Father of the Constitution."

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Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and James Madison, "Father of the Constitution," were two of the most important Founders of the United States as well as the closest of political allies. Yet historians have often seen a tension between the idealistic rhetoric of the Declaration and the more pedestrian language of the Constitution. Moreover, to some, the adoption of the Constitution represented a repudiation of the democratic values of the Revolution.

In this book, Jeff Broadwater explores the evolution of the constitutional thought of these two seminal American figures, from the beginning of the American Revolution through the adoption of the Bill of Rights. In explaining how the two political compatriots could have produced such seemingly dissimilar documents but then come to a common constitutional ground, Broadwater reveals how their collaboration—and their disagreements—influenced the full range of constitutional questions during this early period of the American republic.

Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution

Author Jeff Broadwater

Narrated by Joe Barrett

Publication date Jun 10, 2019

Running time 10 hrs

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