Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution
Hardcover – June 10, 2019
In this book, Jeff Broadwater explores the evolution of the constitutional thought of these two seminal American figures, from the beginning of the American Revolution through the adoption of the Bill of Rights. In explaining how the two political compatriots could have produced such seemingly dissimilar documents but then come to a common constitutional ground, Broadwater reveals how their collaboration--and their disagreements--influenced the full range of constitutional questions during this early period of the American republic.
Well-researched, finely written, and persuasive in its argument, Broadwater's book succeeds in shedding fresh light on both Jefferson and Madison.--James Read, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
Innovative and engrossing, this book illuminates the friendship between Jefferson and Madison and then uses that connection to probe thoughtfully the relationship between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.--Todd Estes, Oakland University
About the Author
Historian Jeff Broadwater is the author of several previous books, including James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation.