About Lance Banning

Lance Banning (1942-2006) was a professor at University of Kentucky and authored numerous books including “The Sacred Fire of Liberty: James Madison and the Founding of the Federal Republic” and “The Jeffersonian Persuasion: Evolution of a Party Ideology.”

James Madison & the Dynamics of the Constitutional Convention

By |2019-10-30T15:42:39-05:00January 29th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Constitution, Featured, James Madison, Timeless Essays|

No one came to the Convention with his thought more thoroughly in order than James Madison. His participation in the framing was the challenge he required in order to produce a democratic classic… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Lance Banning as he studies the role James Madison played [...]

Madison & the Dynamics of the Constitutional Convention

By |2014-04-26T11:57:32-05:00May 19th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitutional Convention, James Madison|Tags: |

Studies of the Constitutional Convention, both “empirical” and more “impressionistic,” almost always emphasize its multiplex divisions: small states vs. large, “pure” federalists against proponents of a large republic, planting states against commercial interests, south against north. There is no denying the necessity of close attention to these conflicts. The Convention was a battleground for disagreeing [...]

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