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Over 200 years after the founding of the federal republic, James Madison stays crucial political thinker in American historical past. The prime framer of the Structure and the Invoice of Rights, Madison was additionally an excellent expositor of the brand new republican authorities and its underlying ideas. His eloquent and insightful writing on freedom of faith, freedom of speech and the press, the rights of minorities below majority rule, the function of the states within the federal system, and the separation of powers are central to American political thought and communicate to the controversies of the current day.

Organized chronologically, this Library of America quantity accommodates 197 essays, addresses, speeches, personal memoranda, and letters written between 1772 and 1836. Included are all twenty-nine of Madison’s contributions to The Federalist, in addition to revealing letters and speeches from the Constitutional Conference, the essential Virginia ratifying conference, and the primary federal Congress that illuminate his central function in framing and ratifying the Structure and adopting the Invoice of Rights. Early letters from the Revolution and the Confederation file Madison’s sturdy dedication to non secular freedom, his acute observations on the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and the start of his historic political collaboration with Thomas Jefferson.

Alternatives from the 1790s embrace eloquent denunciations of the Alien and Sedition Acts and candid personal value determinations of George Washington and John Adams. Writings from his phrases as secretary of state and president file his dedication to uphold American independence in the course of the conflicts of the Napoleonic period and his management of the nation in the course of the fiercely controversial Struggle of 1812. Letters and memoranda from his retirement exhibit his opposition to nullification and secession, his illusory hopes for African colonization as an answer to the dilemma of slavery, and his deepening concern over the sectional risk to the federal union he liked. James Madison: Writings features a chronology of Madison’s life, an essay on the texts, explanatory notes, and an index.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an impartial nonprofit cultural group based in 1979 to protect our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and maintaining completely in print, America’s greatest and most vital writing. The Library of America sequence contains greater than 300 volumes thus far, authoritative editions that common 1,000 pages in size, characteristic fabric covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that may final for hundreds of years.