James Madison & the Compound Republic

By |2020-03-15T14:44:36-05:00May 28th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, Featured, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman, Timeless Essays|

A devoted American nationalist, James Madison often knowingly worked backstage to make the United States more national—less federal—than his fellow Virginians were willing to endure. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Kevin Gutzman as he examines the complex role James Madison played in the American Founding.  —W. Winston [...]

Did The Federalist Papers Really Matter?

By |2019-05-02T12:56:01-05:00April 30th, 2014|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Federalist Papers, Kevin Gutzman|Tags: |

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 the federal Constitution, The Federalist claims great attention. Part of the respect traditionally bestowed upon that collection of New York newspaper articles results from the enormous prestige of the [...]

Roger Sherman: Constitutional Calvinist

By |2019-05-29T14:11:07-05:00August 1st, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Faith, Kevin Gutzman|

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 all that Calvinism played a very significant role in shaping the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution. Henceforth, historians will have to [...]

Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the Constitution

By |2020-06-22T16:20:45-05:00January 20th, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Constitution, Kevin Gutzman, M. E. Bradford|Tags: |

Driven by an imperative to remind Americans of what they once knew, and to do so before the opportunity passed, M.E. Bradford possessed a reactionary vision; he yearned for a return to America’s birthright, the Constitution of 1787. Original Intentions: On the Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution, by M. E. Bradford; foreword [...]

James Madison and the Making of America

By |2020-06-22T15:20:14-05:00January 10th, 2013|Categories: American Republic, Books, Constitution, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman|Tags: |

It is “dearest to my heart and dearest in my convictions,” the dying James Madison said, “that the Union of the States be cherished and perpetuated.” It was this Union, conceived, framed, ratified, explained, implemented, defended, and cherished by Madison, that Kevin Gutzman cogently and rightly sees as the essential “making of America.” James [...]

Millennial America: The Language of Liberty

By |2016-08-03T10:37:27-05:00August 9th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, Christendom, History, Kevin Gutzman|Tags: |

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 than two decades by works that follow the examples of Bernard Bailyn and Gordon Wood. In their books, particularly Bailyn’s The [...]

Virginia’s American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic

By |2020-05-11T11:52:05-05:00April 29th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, American Revolution, Books, Kevin Gutzman, Republicanism, Thomas Jefferson|

The American Revolution proceeded simultaneously on two levels: the state and the federal. While federal reform was essential, and while Virginians took the lead in achieving it, the state-level activity of those years struck contemporaries as more important. Virginia’s revolutionary May Convention adopted its three resolutions of May 15, 1776. In doing so, it [...]

James Madison and the Making of America

By |2013-12-03T20:09:34-06:00April 24th, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman, Republicanism|

James Madison, Jr. entered the world at midnight of the night of March 16-17, 1751.[1] By chance, he was an American prince. James Madison, Sr., the master of Montpellier in Piedmont Virginia’s semi-frontier Orange County, was the wealthiest man in the county. His lands were extensive, his slaveholdings were notable, and his family connections [...]

A Review of James Madison and the Making of America

By |2014-01-05T14:42:08-06:00April 23rd, 2012|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Books, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman, Republicanism|Tags: |

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 episodes in American history. For instance, proper credit for the world-historic Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom is at last [...]

James Madison and the Compound Republic

By |2019-05-14T17:33:30-05:00February 11th, 2011|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Constitution, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman|

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 Southern constitutionalism, and it was fortunate that he, the “last of the Fathers,” was still around to gainsay [...]