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Kevin Gutzman

Friends of the Constitution: Writings of the “Other” Federalists, 1787-1788, eds. Colleen A. Sheehan and Gary L. McDowell. In contemporary discussions of the meaning of...

Roger Sherman and the Creation of the American Republic, by Mark David Hall This is the best life of Connecticut’s foremost Founding Father ever written. More than that, it demonstrates once and for...

Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution, by M. E. Bradford; foreword by Forrest McDonald The late M. E. Bradford left an historiographical oeuvre devoted in large part...

James Madison and the Making of America,  by Kevin Gutzman Kevin Gutzman's James Madison and the Making of America tackles the daunting task of answering how, in a remarkably purposeful and active...

The Language of Liberty, 1660-1832: Political Discourse and Social Dynamics in the Anglo-American World, by J. C. D. Clark The historiography of the American Revolution and Founding period has been dominated for more...

Virginia’s revolutionary May Convention adopted its three resolutions of May 15, 1776. In doing so, it decided to craft a declaration of rights, a republican constitution, federal relations with other former British colonies in the New World,...

James Madison, Jr. entered the world at midnight of the night of March 16-17, 1751. By chance, he was an American prince. James Madison, Sr., the master of Montpellier in...

Kevin Gutzman’s James Madison and the Making of America takes what we thought was a familiar story and gives it a fresh and important interpretation that challenges old orthodoxies and helps us better understand important...

James Madison is widely known as the "Father of the Constitution," author of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In his old age, the prevailing account goes, he stood up to a heretical off-shoot of...