Ralph Ketcham

About Ralph Ketcham

Ralph Ketcham (1927-2017) was Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He authored numerous books, including The Idea of Democracy in the Modern Era; Individualism and Public Life; James Madison: A Biography; Presidents Above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829; and Public-Spirited Citizenship: Leadership and Good Government in the United States.

A Jeffersonian Model of Citizenship

By |2019-12-18T16:59:48-06:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Citizen, Citizenship, Civil Society, Labor/Work, Liberal Learning, Thomas Jefferson|

The assumptions linked to the more deliberative, publicly responsible model of citizenship, though utopian and far-fetched at least within the perspective of modern, western society, can be thought of in a way that makes them seem more practical. Thomas Jefferson, for example, believed both that good government was possible only when those who governed [...]

What James Madison Meant

By |2019-03-16T09:42:26-05:00January 10th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Books, Constitution, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman|Tags: |

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 life, James Madison devised the basic republican theory behind American government, led in drafting and ratifying the Constitution, sat at Washington’s right [...]