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From Parchment to Power: How James Madison Used the Bill of Rights to Save the Constitution
This text examines how lingering problems beyond the ratification struggle threatened to undermine popular acceptance of the constitution. It focuses on the addition and need of the Bill of Rights to the constitution of the United States by James Madison.
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published April 30th 1997 by American Enterprise Institute Press
(first published January 1st 1997)
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I rated this book a 4 even though it isn't of general interest, but because it offered interesting insights into the politics behind the Bill of Rights. The Federalists, Madison's party, generally believed that States covered people's rights in their consitutions, so that a Bill of Rights wasn't necessary or desired in the federal constitution. Madison, who was against a bill of rights when the original constitution was drafted, wanted to complete the promise to include a bill of rights that he' ...more