James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights
Today we hold the Constitution in such high regard that we can hardly imagine how hotly contested was its adoption. Now Richard Labunski offers a dramatic account of a time when the entire American experiment hung in the balance, only to be saved by the most unlikely of heroesthe diminutive and exceedingly shy James Madison.
Here is a vividly written account of not one b
I have always sided with the anti-federalist in all of the American histories I've encountered, but in this one I saw some actions from the anti-federalist that I couldn't respect (the attitude that if they couldn't...more
I agree with others that there are parts that are very slow, such as the vote tallies in individual counties.
But it deals with big issues and how a great man like madison grew and matured politically.
as a framer of the constitution he had been opposed and fought against a bill of rights in the constitutional convention, but in his extended battles with o...more
I read a few pages everyday on the bus. Hopefully, I will finish with this before 2009.
Labunski's book is typical of...more
Unfortunately, this book is somewhat of a disappointment. It is well researched, containing references and letters in great detail. However, the organization I would expect from a book like this is lacking.
The book redu...more
The bill of rights was threatened. Some wanted stronger and more rights enumerated, others thought that since the constitution did not give those rights to the federal government that the rights themselves go without saying.
You can clearly see the struggle and obstacles overcome by James Madison who is perhaps the one person most responsible for seeing them through to ratification. You can also see dirty politics in the actions of Patrick Henry who did everything possible to turn hi...more
I especially loved learning the details about the fight for a Bill of Rights and how they...more
There were some enlightening facts about our political past. The most memorable was how all our politicians had to bring copious amounts of alcohol to the polling stations if they wanted to get e...more
To be totally honest, I only made it through the first 3 disks of this book. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this book was not well written. The point was abundantly clear that there was much confusion after the initial constitutional convention about whether the Constitution should be ratified. The book goes on to talk about this for at least 3 hours. And brings up the same points over and over again. I had to check to see if I had m...more
The author kept repeating himself. The author also quoted from...more