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James Madison has long been treated as a neutral authority on early American history, a kind of Great Sage of, among other things, the U.S. Constitution. Thus, in a notable book on the...

Editor's Note: On June 20, 1785, as a member of the Virginia legislature, James Madison authored the following essay. It was meant to serve as a petition expressing opposition to the idea that Virginia's citizens should be taxed to...

III In his analysis of the Socrates of the Apology, Willmoore Kendall was hinting strongly at the probability that the contemporary John Stuart Mill-Karl Popper school in...

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Brittany Baldwin as she considers the humility of George Washington, James Madison, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher

Last year, I decided to take my teenage sons on a trip across the country. We traveled in our motor home, starting in our home state of Utah, visiting sites of historic significance along the way. I...

It may be said, indeed it has been said, that a bill of rights is not necessary, because the establishment of this Government has not repealed those declarations of rights which are added to...

Editor's note: On May 25, 1787, the Constitutional Convention began. In honor of this momentous occasion, we invite you to explore some of James Madison's notes during the convention as the members shaped our nation. The original text has been retained to the greatest extent practicable.

I have often thought that Americans believe the Framers of their Constitution actually bequeathed to them a bill of rights, with a frame of government attached as an appendix, in the form of...
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(Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join us as we look at an excerpt from Greg Weiner's Madison's Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher)
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Until 1947, few Americans knew about Thomas Jefferson’s comment, made in a private letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, that the First Amendment’s guarantee against a federally established church made a “wall of separation between church...

Much has been written in the past century about the state of American constitutionalism and the political culture that serves as its animating force. Some scholars have argued that American constitutionalism has evolved so far from its...

Section I  The Legacy of the Declaration When American schoolchildren first discover that they have a place in the world they sometimes give their addresses a wonderful form. Transformed for our case, it would be: "Proper Name, St....

I am sorry to be an accessory to the loss of a single moment of time by the House. If I had been indulged in my motion, and we had gone into a Committee of the whole, I think we...

The following essay is an examination of the Washington administration's handling of the first major foreign policy crisis facing the United States under the new Constitution. It is an attempt to examine the "executive-in-action" with an eye to...