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Forging the American Nation, 1787-1791

James Madison and the Federalist Revolution

Authors: Slonim, Shlomo

  • Provides new insight into and challenges conventional wisdom regarding the drafting of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Appeals to scholars of American history, students,  and academics interested in the Federalist Revolution
  • Examines Madison’s crucial role in the adoption of a bill of rights that would confirm the implied powers doctrine for the federal government
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About this book

This book presents an original historical-legal analysis of the adoption of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Drawing upon James Madison’s own minutes of the 1787 Convention, it focuses on Madison’s crucial role in shaping a bill of rights that would both reserve the states’ powers and confirm the implied powers doctrine for the federal government. This comprehensive work is indispensable for understanding the origins of the federal system of government and its impact on later developments in the United States.  

About the authors

Shlomo Slonim (LLB Melbourne, PhD Columbia) is the James G. McDonald Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Reviews

“This volume is a thoroughly researched and vigorously argued study of how American federalism originated in the formation of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. No one is more conversant in the literature on this subject than Professor Slonim. His portrayal of James Madison as a centralizing nationalist who subsequently abandoned his principles is provocative but merits serious consideration. This work has implications for the ‘new federalism’ jurisprudence espoused by conservative justices of the Supreme Court.” (Charles Hobson, editor of the Madison Papers and author of The Great Yazoo Lands Sale, 2016)

“A valuable and illuminating study of the US Constitution, particularly with regard to what may be its most important and perplexing aspect—federalism. Slonim is particularly insightful concerning the twists and turns in the thought of James Madison (and therefore, the key controversies in American political and constitutional thought).” (Sanford Levinson, Garwood Professor of Law, University of Texas Law School and author of An Argument Open to All: Reading The Federalist in the 21st Century, 2016)

“This study forces us to take a fresh look at the old story of America's constitutional beginnings.” (Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Virginia, USA)

“One might think that there are not many new things to be said about the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, but Shlomo Slonim’s account of this process sparkles and bristles with original and provocative insights. It combines vivid intellectual portraits of the leading participants with masterful accounts of the underlying forces that shaped their views and determined the effectiveness of their arguments.  The book is filled with incisive ideas at every stage of its account.  Professor Slonim demonstrates that the Constitutional Convention was motivated by a radically nationalist vision, that the federalism of the resulting document (with its balance between state and national power) sprang largely from Southern efforts to protect slavery, that the drafters’ success in resolving the debate between state and national power blinded them to the demand for a bill of rights, that this demand formed the basis of the antifederalist opposition to ratification, and that Madison introduced and championed the Bill of Rights in the First Congress to forestall antifederalist efforts to call a second constitutional convention or enact amendments that would hobble the new national government.  Because it combines a wealth of information with true depth of analysis, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the U.S. Constitution or in its current interpretation.” (Edward L. Rubin, University Professor of Law and Political Science, Vanderbilt University, USA)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • America’s First Constitution: State Over Nation

    Slonim, Shlomo

    Pages 1-13

  • The Road to Philadelphia: Nationalists in Search of Energy and Supremacy

    Slonim, Shlomo

    Pages 15-30

  • The Constitutional Convention: Nation Over State Within a Federal Framework

    Slonim, Shlomo

    Pages 31-57

  • Delimiting the Scope of National Authority

    Slonim, Shlomo

    Pages 59-84

  • Three Dissenting Fathers: The First Salvo in the Antifederalist Campaign

    Slonim, Shlomo

    Pages 85-103

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95163-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £80.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: December 31, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-349-95162-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Forging the American Nation, 1787-1791
Book Subtitle
James Madison and the Federalist Revolution
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-95163-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-349-95163-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-349-95162-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 273
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